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5 "Parks and Recreation" Leslie Knope/Ben Wyatt Recs

Once I started shipping Leslie Knope and Ben Wyatt (and his life-ruining, terrible face), I couldn't stop. Fortunately, this growing fandom is blessed with some disproportionally talented writers and I feel like every week I find 5-6 great new stories that should be read and recommended. Here are five recommendations (some WIPs, but WIPs you should totally read because they are great and will get finished) so far.



Fandom Category: Parks and Recreation
Pairing: Leslie Knope/Ben Wyatt
Fic Title: Snapshots Left on the Negative
Author: cypanache
Link: http://cypanache.livejournal.com/9268.html
Rating/Warning(s): R
Genre: Futurefic, Romance, Drama
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: The author does something amazing: rendering these comic characters from this show into characters who could exist in the real world without any compromise to their character. This is a grown-up story about grown-up situations and the difficult choices and consequences adults have to face.

This story was written before the end of the season, but it could very well work as a "what if" considering the situation at the end of season 3. There's a lot of angst, but also a lot of heart, and some great original characters, too.


Fandom Category: Parks and Recreation
Pairing: Leslie Knope/Ben Wyatt
Fic Title: Patchwork Heart
Author: cypanache
Link: http://cypanache.livejournal.com/11275.html
Rating/Warning(s): R
Genre: AU, Romance, Drama
WIP?: Yes

Why This Must Be Read: This one came off a prompt from nbckink but is so much more than that. cypanache takes the prompt of: Alt!Universe fic where Ben and Leslie were in high school and they were step-brother and step-sister, and blows it up into this massive, intricate, complex story where Ben and Leslie are still very much versions of themselves, but navigating this whole different world where dude, they are related, but the pull is very much the same as their canon selves. Many other characters from the P&R universe show up as friends and classmates, and as you read you may recognize many callouts to events and quotes from canon, which is really neat to see. The author seriously has a great knack for the voices of these characters, and the writing--from characterization to the language-level, do the show serious justice.


Fandom Category: Parks and Recreation
Pairing: Leslie Knope/Ben Wyatt, April Ludgate/Andy Dwyer
Fic Title: While You're Busy Making Other Plans
Author: fairytiger
Link: http://leslie-ben.livejournal.com/104144.html
Rating/Warning(s): R
Genre: Romance, Drama, with Humor!
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: An alternative take on what could have happened during season 3--Leslie decides that she and Ben should do an "experiment" where they date for one week and get the sexual tension out of the way so that they can get back to focusing on work and being friends. Of course, that's easier said than done. Told from Ben's POV, we get to see him try to navigate this opportunity with what he really wants--which is Leslie--and we get to see a very Leslie-like situation where she's trying to plan and control things to hilarious and sweet effect. A super added bonus is the friend/roommate interaction between April, Andy, and Ben, which is wonderful and funny and spot-on characterization-wise.


Fandom Category: Parks and Recreation
Pairing: Leslie Knope/Ben Wyatt
Fic Title: Solving the Leslie Problem
Author: jncar
Link: http://jncar.livejournal.com/91966.html#cutid1
Rating/Warning(s): R
Genre: Romance
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: Ben Wyatt is a problem-solver, and jncar takes that premise and weaves this wonderful story from Ben's POV where he tries to figure out the puzzle that is Leslie Knope. The story deals with events that occurred during the second half of the third season and fills in some of those missing moments. An amazing pro-con list is also involved, and it is awesome.


Fandom Category: Parks and Recreation
Pairing: Leslie Knope/Ben Wyatt
Fic Title: And I Might Never Leave
Author: twsomething
Link: http://twsomething.livejournal.com/1735.html
Rating/Warning(s): R
Genre: Romance
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: If you remember the state of Leslie's house from the episode "Leslie's House," you'd also come to the conclusion that she's probably not the DIY kind of gal (probably too busy saving Pawnee and the world). However, Ben is another story. A wonderful short story where Leslie and Ben find themselves falling into a comfortable domesticity (and in love) with one another without knowing it, because really, these two are MFEO, acronym and all. It's also told from Leslie's POV, which is a nice change up since for some reasons it seems the majority of Leslie/Ben stories seem to be told from his.


Fandom Category: Parks and Recreation
Pairing: Leslie Knope/Ben Wyatt
Fic Title: A Long, Long Journey to the Capital City
Author: cereal
Link: http://cereal.livejournal.com/157462.html
Rating/Warning(s): R
Genre: Romance
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: This story kind of blows my mind, in part because the author wrote it after Ben Wyatt had only been a character on the show for two episodes, but also because it is fan-freaking-tastic. The characterization is spot-on, and writing and situation excellent. There are a lot of great bits of humor along with sexual tension and romance in this, and I cannot recommend it highly enough for fans of this pairing.

Tags: fandom: parks and recreation, ship: april ludgate/andy dwyer, ship: leslie knope/ben wyatt
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