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Pirates of the Caribbean, Eight Recs, Elizabeth Swann/James Norrington

Fandom Category: Pirates of the Carribbean
Pairing: Elizabeth Swann/James Norrington
Fic Title: Adaptation
Author: the_dala
Links:
Part I: http://the-dala.livejournal.com/162201.html
Part II: http://the-dala.livejournal.com/162488.html
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17
Genre: "L-O-N-G. Not epic, but no ficlet either."
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: Set post-CotBP (but written before DMC), “Adaptation” finds a marooned Norrington rescued—-by the Black Pearl. The crew of which now includes Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann.

James may have preferred to remain shipwrecked.

In the_dala’s carefully constructed story structure, moments that seem like throwaway lines earlier in the fic come back as major plot points later. Her Elizabeth is flawed yet passionate and determined; and her James slowly but believably adapts to life aboard the Pearl, as he eventually discovers what he wants out of life isn’t necessarily what he needs.

And, um, the porn is hot, too.

Fandom Category: Pirates of the Caribbean
Pairing: Elizabeth Swann/James Norrington
Fic Title: Love, or, The End of Fairytales
Author: ashtonecks
Link: http://norribeth.livejournal.com/44244.html
Rating/Warning(s): R
Genre: Angst
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: At the end of the world, James Norrington and Elizabeth Swann unexpectedly discover each other again. Both have been rather screwed over by life and find a respite from their respective loneliness in each other. Neither is in love with anyone anymore, but there is a comfort in being with someone who already knows all your faults and failings.

“I loved you,” he says suddenly, the sentiment seemingly coming from nowhere. “I want you to know that.” Elizabeth sits down upon the bed. “I also” he continues, “want you to know that I don’t love you anymore. I lack the capacity to love anything anymore. Too much has happened, too much carnage, too much pain.”

There are tears in her eyes.

“But when I was capable of loving, Elizabeth, I loved you.”


ashtonecks (who is also writes under the name Wandering Child) weaves a poignant and brutal tale around “what-ifs” and “might-have-beens” and makes you realize that maybe—just maybe--in a world without carved-out hearts or hurricanes or cursed Aztec gold, the Commodore and the Governor’s Daughter could have had their fairytale.

Fandom Category: Pirates of the Caribbean
Pairing: Elizabeth Swann/James Norrington
Fic Title: Penance More Will Do
Author: meddow
Link: http://meddow.livejournal.com/34548.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Genre: "Post-hurricane fic with internal conflict and either figurative or literal ghosts and [without] slash, character bas[h]ing or Norrington as 'Emo Angsty McWhinybitch'"
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: "No oars, no water, no canvas and no idea of how he had gone from a full longboat in a storm to stuck in still water in middle of nowhere with only a frustratingly cryptic pirate for company."

Immediately post-hurricane, James Norrington finds himself travelling between the living world and the afterlife, making various stops in between--or, possibly, he’s having a fever dream (the surrealism and uncertainty of this piece is one of its strengths). Constructing an exceedingly thorough psychological portrait of James, meddow examines every doubt and fear that likely would have been plaguing the Commodore in the aftermath of the Dauntless’s wreckage.

Taking its title from "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," this powerful, disturbing fic also makes excellent use of Barbossa—another man journeying somewhere on the path between life and death. Here, he serves the role of a Shakespearean Fool, as he is the only one willing to speak the harsh truth (although, in true pirate fashion, it’s largely because he just doesn’t care who he offends).

Fandom Category: Pirates of the Caribbean
Pairing: Elizabeth Swann/James Norrington
Fic Title: Requiem
Author: artic_fox
Link: http://community.livejournal.com/_norrington/430050.html
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17
Genre: One-shot
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: Set between Elizabeth's discovery of Norrington in Tortuga until Will’s return on the Isle Cruces, “Requiem” focuses on the love/hate relationship of James and Elizabeth. There is a brutal honesty between them, with leads to anger and scorn but also to a greater familiarity and understanding than either could have with any other.

artic_fox makes an affair between the two while on the Black Pearl entirely plausible within canon—and this added plot point throws James’s subsequent actions into an entirely new light. “Requiem” also includes some of my favorite sexual imagery found within this fandom, as James realizes that they have both lost too much self-control for his previous fantasies about what it would be like to bed Elizabeth to have anything to do with their present reality.

Fandom Category: Pirates of the Caribbean
Pairing: Elizabeth Swann/James Norrington
Fic Title: Sins of Omission
Author: tenacitydrader
Link: http://community.livejournal.com/_norrington/342467.html
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17
Genre: Smut
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: In the aftermath of DMC, Davy Jones has sent Bootstrap Bill to Tia Dalma’s to deliver a warning: Will must return Jones’s heart or suffer the same fate as Jack Sparrow. The small problem being, of course, that Will doesn’t *have* it—although it doesn’t take Elizabeth long to figure out who does.

Returning to Port Royal, Elizabeth and James spend the night screwing and screwing with each other, as both try to manipulate the other’s past and present desires, in order to achieve their own ambitions. tenacitydrader’s story is so well-constructed, that the entire plot turns on a misplaced word.

This is my favorite version of James/Elizabeth: both somewhat piratical, emotionally ambiguous, and beautifully messed-up in a Wesley/Lilah sort of way.

Fandom Category: Pirates of the Carribbean
Pairing: Elizabeth Swann/James Norrington
Fic Title: A Song for the Wretched and Wrecked
Author: jadeddiva
Links:
Part I: http://jd-lit.livejournal.com/8110.html
Part II: http://jd-lit.livejournal.com/8309.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Genre: AU
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: Point-and-counterpoint, James-and-Elizabeth, if they had gone through with their engagement and marriage at the end of Curse of the Black Pearl. What these two have is a failure to communicate.

Fandom Category: Pirates of the Carribbean
Pairing: Elizabeth Swann/James Norrington
Fic Title: A Suitable Distraction (For the Safety of Your Immortal Soul)
Author: jadeddiva
Link: http://jd-lit.livejournal.com/8881.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13. Make sure to read the Author's Notes for this one.
Genre: Angst?
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: James really is Elizabeth's bitch. Worst of all: he *knows* it. She's manipulative and selfish and uses men terribly. The author captures their dynamic so well.

Fandom Category: Pirates of the Caribbean
Pairing: Elizabeth Swann/James Norrington
Fic Title: "The Taste of Freedom" and "The Taste of Defeat"
Author: dreamlandburns
Links: http://community.livejournal.com/_norrington/351107.html
and http://community.livejournal.com/_norrington/353104.html
Rating/Warning(s): R
Genre: One-shot and its sequel. The first part is humor; the second, is drama.
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: Jack, Will, Pintel, Barbossa, Ragetti, Elizabeth, and Tia Dalma are locked in the same brig. This *can't* end well. Jack snarks; Pintel and Ragetti speculate; Tia Dalma and Barbossa snog. Things get worse when Elizabeth is called to Norrington's quarters, leaving a frustrated Will to get romantic advice from Jack and Barbossa. Heh.
Tags: fandom: pirates of the caribbean, ship: elizabeth swann/james norrington
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