Day 10 - A fic for your favorite Movie pairing.
Fandom Category: Red
Pairing: Michelle Cooper/William Cooper, Sarah Ross/Frank Moses, implied Victoria/Ivan
Fic Title: Keeping Busy Somehow
Author: Jedi Buttercup
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13. Implied violence, post-film.
Genre: Action, introspection, friendship, humor.
Why This Must Be Read: I have deep, true love for Michelle and Will as a couple, and this hits pretty much every joy button I could ever imagine having. Will and Frank as bored beat-each-other-up-means-BFF (even if neither want to admit it) is awesome, and the idea of Sarah and Michelle trading tips on dealing with the men in their lives who, while dangerous and badass, are still dudes just makes my heart expand fifteen sizes and make me wanna make inaudible squealing noises while shoving my fist in my mouth.
Day 11 - A fic for your favorite Book pairing.
Fandom Category: Harry Potter
Pairing: Hermione Granger/Harry Potter
Fic Title: Quoth The Raven, Nevermore
Rating/Warning(s): PG, violence, abuse of a minor (non-explicit), history, and rewrite of canon.
Genre: Friendship, mythology, AU, age-appropriate romance.
Why This Must Be Read: This is a really thoughtful, good rewrite of the Harry Potter novels with a big mythological twist. It starts when Harry's quite small, and I love how historical facts and figures are put in. It's a much more muggle-integrated story, and one that I think hits a lot of salient problems I walked away from the books being uncomfortable about. VERY slow-burn romance!
Day 12 - A fic for your favorite Animated pairing.
Fandom Category: Kim Possible
Pairing: Kim Possible/Ron Stoppable
Fic Title: Epic Sitch
Genre: Romance, friendship, action, adventure, humor.
Why This Must Be Read: This is an alternate season for Kim Possible and is just as charming and lovely as the series. Kim and Ron are very much Kim and Ron, and the wider universe is beautifully written and wonderfully explored.
Day 13 - A fic for your favorite Real Life Pairing.
Fandom Category: Wizards of Waverly Place/Charmed and Dangerous
Pairing: Alex Russo/Justin Russo, Harper Finkle/Zeke Beakerman
Fic Title: OTP
Author: Save Vs. Magic
Rating/Warning(s): PG, incest, RPF (kind of?)
Genre: Meta, RPF, friendship, UST, romance.
WIP?: Yes, but it's at a good point.
Why This Must Be Read: I had to rec this story here because not only is it a fairly interesting, thoughtful exploration of the idea of a romantic dynamic between Justin and Alex (it's actually written completely straight-faced, and is weirdly respectful and innocent for it?), it's also a really fun analysis of fandom and the phenomenon of RPF in general. It's kind of fascinating because the "RPF" aspect is Justin and Alex's book alter-egos (it's a thing). It's just a really interesting reflexive look at the whole RPF phenomenon.
Day 14 - A fic for an Old School Fandom from back in the day.
Fandom Category: dueSouth
Pairing: Margaret "Meg" Thatcher/Benton "Ben" Fraiser
Fic Title: A Parcel of Rogues
Author: Jo March and Jim Vickers
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13. Some violence.
Genre: AU, friendship, romance, mystery, casefile.
Why This Must Be Read: I love that this story reads like an old arm-chair mystery, completely with village shenanigans, distant relatives, and Fraiser as a fish-out-of-water. I also quite love the Ben and Meg we get to see here. Both competent, smart, and strong, but serious in a way that I wish the show had explored more. This is a lovely, solid read, and one I'd recommend forever! (It was also the longest story written for this pairing for a long, LONG time.)
Day 15 - A fic that convinced you of a pairing you previously
Fandom Category: Grey's Anatomy
Pairing: Miranda Bailey/George O'Malley
Fic Title: One Thing That Didn't Happen
Rating/Warning(s): PG. Minor character death. Spoilers, season 1.
Genre: AU, friendship, babyfic, romance.
Why This Must Be Read: I'm pretty sure this is the only story this pairing has ever been gifted, but damn is it perfect. It completely sold me on this pairing 100%, and makes me pine for what could have been. Also, tell me, once you've read it, it doesn't make a ton of sense!
Day 16 - An epic fic.
Fandom Category: Harry Potter
Pairing: Hermione Granger/Harry Potter, OFC/Harry Potter, Ginny Weasley/Harry Potter, many, many others.
Fic Title: Harry Potter and the Fifth Element
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17. Violence, sexual content, underage, adultery, betrayal, major character death. You name it, it's there or hinted at.
Genre: Adventure, supernatural, romance, angst, AU, re-telling, friendship.
Why This Must Be Read: At last count, this story is over 1,400,000 words and NEWLY COMPLETE. It's intelligent, absorbing, tightly plotted, gorgeously executed, and the absolute first story that popped into my head at the word "epic". This sucker sprawls in every respect, ratcheting up stakes and tension along the way. It's not an easy ready, and definitely is a bumpy one, but damn is it satisfying.
ETA: Updated 11/19/2012.
Day 17 - A short fic.
Fandom Category: Die Hard
Pairing: Holly Gennaro/John McClane
Fic Title: Hijinks (and Shenanigans)
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13. Implied sexytimes.
Genre: Humor, romance, post-movie.
Why This Must Be Read: I don't know how Celli managed it, but this story not only nails the characters (JOHN AND HOLLY I LOVE YOUUUUUUUU) but it hits like a 3-inch punch from Bruce Lee. It's sexy, funny, nostalgic, poignant, sweet, and manages to be a story TARDIS. It feels SO much longer than it actually is, and in the best possible way!
Day 18 - An Alternate Universe fic.
Fandom Category: Doctor Who
Pairing: Rose Tyler/Ninth Doctor, Rose Tyler/Tenth Doctor (The distinction is... important.)
Fic Title: The Darkness Within and Encroaching Madness
Author: Fayth Brady
Rating/Warning(s): R, mental illness, violence, implied torture.
Genre: Alternate Universe, angst, romance, introspection, sci-fi.
WIP?: Both are complete!
Why This Must Be Read: A story wherein the Doctor's 9->10 regeneration is very problematic, and wherein there's a deep, crunchy exploration of the divide between regenerations. This really digs into the psychology of the idea of "same man, new face, but different!" It's a brutal set of stories, and they're both quite dark, but it really, truly digs into the fractured relationship between The Doctor and his selves, and the love he has for Rose.