this_old_world (this_old_world) wrote in het_reccers,

Dark Knight Rises, 2 recs, Selina Kyle/Bruce Wayne

Fandom Category: Dark Knight Rises
Pairing: Selina Kyle (Catwoman)/Bruce Wayne (Batman)
Fic Title: Between the Shadow and the Soul
Author: rusty_halos
Link: Here.
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13 to NC-17 at the end, for sexual situations
Genre: Romance, Angst, Adventure
WIP?: Yes

Why This Must Be Read: What to say about this fic...I stumbled upon it because I'd read a few of the author's fics that I enjoyed, but this one absolutely blew me away. I've read a lot of "what happens to Catwoman and Batman after TDKR" fics, including the most popular one, but this one is the best, in my opinion. The characterization of Selina and Bruce is incredible. Each of them really feel like people, with flaws, insecurities, and heart. Each of them is, in their own way, both the hero and the villain of the story, with layers upon layers upon layers. Their interactions are full of really, truly funny banter and introspection. In addition, they don't fall in love "at first sight," which is a particular peeve of mine. You actually get to watch their relationship grow. This fic takes you on a journey--and it really is a physical journey--from the moment Selina finds out Bruce is alive to the heartbreaking climax of their first fight. They travel through Europe on a trip together, and the author takes you right along with them. The detail is beautiful; I've been to the cities the author describes, and the descriptions are ridiculously meticulous and spot on. The writing style is really fluid and effortless, and never so fussy that it detracts from what's happening. If I had to describe this story in two words, they would probably be "bittersweet" and "sophisticated." Really, really worth a read. It changed the way I thought about the characters. Plus the sex is really hot.

Fandom Category: Dark Knight Rises
Pairing: Selina Kyle (Catwoman)/Bruce Wayne (Batman)
Fic Title: how the cat caught the bat
Author: thefireplanet
Link: Here.
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13, no warnings necessary, really
Genre: Romance, Humor, Adventure
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: I'll try to keep this short and sweet, since my first rec was so long. This is the fic you want to read if you're in the mood for a night out ex-superhero/villain style. It's funny and sweet (but never saccharine), following Selina and Bruce through a night of fistfights and attempted heists. The dialogue is really, genuinely amusing, and though the fic is obviously not meant to be serious, the characterizations still ring very true and believable. There's plenty of lampshading, juvenile humor, and flirtatiousness. It's a really fun, light read.
Tags: fandom: batman, fandom: the dark knight rises, ship: selina kyle/bruce wayne

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