Katherine Joy Summers (stars_inthe_sky) wrote in het_reccers,
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Rent, 3 recs, various pairings

blithers brought it to my attention today that this community was severely lacking in recs for everyone's favorite Pulitzer Prize-winning rock opera based on a nineteenth-century regular opera, and that was unacceptable to me. So, enjoy some new fic!

Fandom: Rent
Pairing: April Ericson/Roger Davis, Maureen Johnson/Mark Cohen
Title: Saving April
Author: _starrystarry
Link: http://users.livejournal.com/_starrystarry/12806.html
Rating/Warning(s): R (for sexual content, drug use, and canonical suicide)
Word Count/WIP?: 6,079 (complete)
Recced By: stars-inthe-sky

Why This Must Be Read: We know very little about April from canon—her smile looks like Mimi's and she's dead. Fic has taken the unseen (or little-scene, if you're going by the movie instead of the stage production) character in almost every direction, but this one is my favorite. The author does a beautiful job of showing how things and people fall apart, and how someone could have "left a note saying 'We got AIDS' before slitting her wrists in the bathroom," while still being a complex, sympathetic character who's neither an angel to Roger's devil nor a corrupting influence in the eyes of a young boy.


Fandom: Rent
Pairing: Maureen Johnson/Mark Cohen, April Ericson/Roger Davis, Alison Grey/Benjamin Coffin III
Title: Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor
Author: thinkatory
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/259707
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
Word Count/WIP?: ~4k (complete)
Recced By: stars-inthe-sky

Why This Must Be Read: How did they get here? The author concocts what's more or less my headcanon by now, starting with April's suicide and following our boho boys (and Maureen) as things start to unravel and set the stage for Mark's filming on December 24. The characterizations are spot-on, from Maureen's larger-than-life presence, to Collins' role as the lone adult in the room, to Benny's fading out. And the Mark-Roger (though not Mark/Roger) relationship is every bit as unyielding and intact as it needs to be for Roger to muddle through the hell of addiction, withdrawal, and recovery. The story isn't always pretty, but it may as well be true.


Fandom: Rent/The West Wing
Pairing: Donna Moss/Josh Lyman
Title: Reality in 21st Century Bohemia
Author: PythonFan
Link: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2877102/1/Reality_in_21st_Century_Bohemia
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
Word Count/WIP?: 2,244 (complete)
Recced By: stars-inthe-sky

Why This Must Be Read: Roger Davis and Josh Lyman walk into a bar. Is that not reason enough? Seriously, though, this one-shot is actually a fairly worthy look at the gap between the good-hearted, well-intentioned politicos of the Bartlett Administration and the people they mean to help but never quite do. PythonFan has an intimate knowledge of both fandoms, and it shows. Roger is right on the money here—rife with potential and apathy—and if Josh seems a little nicer than usual, we can chalk it up to the influence of his Midwestern spouse. This fic was written well before most people had heard the name Barack Obama, but the author even manages to bring the clear (and partially intentional) parallels between our current President and Matt Santos to bear.
Tags: fandom: rent, fandom: west wing, ship: alison grey/benjamin coffin iii, ship: april ericson/roger davis, ship: donna moss/josh lyman, ship: maureen johnson/mark cohen

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