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12 March 2015 @ 02:13 pm
Parks and Rec(s), 11 recs, various pairings  
(But mostly Leslie/Ben.) I'm still working through my finale feels and everything this fandom means to me, and that means...fic recs!

Fandom Category: Parks and Recreation
Pairing: Leslie Knope/Ben Wyatt
Fic Title: Paint me like one of your French girls
Author: stillscape
Link: http://stillscape.livejournal.com/102455.html
Rating/Warning(s): R
Word Count/WIP?: 4,250 (complete)
Recced By: stars-inthe-sky

Why This Must Be Read: If you read Parksfic, you know stillscape’s work. This 1920s-Parisian-art-scene AU may sound kooky, but the author is a master at this sort of thing—weaving together canon and the historical setting, figuring out just the right roles for each character to play, and finding a way to bring Leslie and Ben delightfully, happily, and only a little bit awkwardly together.

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Fandom Category: Parks and Recreation
Pairing: Leslie Knope/Ben Wyatt
Fic Title: Turn the Page
Author: escape_speed
Link: http://escape-speed.livejournal.com/9509.html
Rating/Warning(s): G
Word Count/WIP?: 1,535 (complete)
Recced By: stars-inthe-sky


Why This Must Be Read: We know from "Born and Raised" that Leslie gave the whole gang signed copies of her book, but she and Ben hardly interacted in that episode, much to the chagrin of everyone's poor little shipper hearts. This fic remedies that, while staying (almost) tidily in canon and making references to the actual, published-in-real-life book.

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Fandom Category: Parks and Recreation
Pairing: Donna Meagle/Jean-Ralphio Saperstein
Fic Title: Ending on the Rhyme
Author: devilinacardigan
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/262484
Rating/Warning(s): G
Word Count/WIP?: 2,944 (complete)
Recced By: stars-inthe-sky


Why This Must Be Read: Okay, I know what the pairing says, but bear with me. It works. Told from Jean-Ralphio's inimitable perspective, this piece is an engaging mixture of sad and swag, and the guy has never been written better.

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Fandom Category: Parks and Recreation
Pairing: Leslie Knope/Ben Wyatt, everyone/everyone else
Fic Title: The Day the Kinkmeme Came to Pawnee
Author: saucydiva
Link: http://saucydiva.livejournal.com/9272.html
Rating/Warning(s): R
Word Count/WIP?: 8,500 (complete)
Recced By: stars-inthe-sky


Why This Must Be Read: A lot of people, it seems, stumble into Parks fandom from the famed NBC kinkmeme, so it was really only a matter of time before someone mashed up the two, and saucydiva is absolutely the right one to make it happen. There's plot atop the (implied) porn, as well as some delightfully meta bits, everyone's perfectly in-character reactions, and a weirdly hot argument about the Declaration of Independence. If you're at work today (like I am), I dare you to read this with a straight face.

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Fandom Category: Parks and Recreation
Pairing: April Ludgate/Andy Dwyer
Fic Title: More of a Doctor Who Man
Author: lavenderseaslug
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/265857
Rating/Warning(s): G
Word Count/WIP?: 1,320 (complete)
Recced By: stars-inthe-sky


Why This Must Be Read: Circa season 3/4,Ben bonds with his married housemates in the nerdiest possible way. It’s really glorious, especially if you’re a Whovian, from the cosplay to Ron’s feelings about sonic screwdrivers. But it’s pretty sweet even if you don’t know an Ood from a Raxacoricofallapatorian.

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Fandom Category: Parks and Recreation
Pairing: Leslie Knope/Ben Wyatt
Fic Title: Force of Habit
Author: americnxidiot
Link: http://americnxidiot.livejournal.com/32471.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Word Count/WIP?: 1,500 (complete)
Recced By: stars-inthe-sky


Why This Must Be Read: This story is sweet and sad and a great reminder of how juicy Leslie and Ben’s short-lived break-up was. Read it and sigh with happy relief that they got back together!

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Fandom Category: Parks and Recreation
Pairing: Leslie Knope/Ben Wyatt
Fic Title: My Mother’s Daughter
Author: whyagain
Link: http://whyagain.livejournal.com/1433.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG
Word Count/WIP?: 1,433 (complete)
Recced By: stars-inthe-sky


Why This Must Be Read: Another great Leslie/Ben breakup fic, this story shines a beautiful spotlight on Leslie’s relationship with her mother and on Marlene’s own thoughts about her life and her daughter’s.

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Fandom Category: Parks and Recreation
Pairing: Leslie Knope/Ben Wyatt
Fic Title: And I Might Never Leave Again
Author: twentysomething
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/177448
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
Word Count/WIP?: 3,289 (complete)
Recced By: stars-inthe-sky


Why This Must Be Read: A domestic Leslie/Ben fic…before they’re even dating. Beautiful Ann is also involved, and totally ships them, and everything is wonderful here.

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Fandom Category: Parks and Recreation
Pairing: Leslie Knope/Ben Wyatt, April Ludgate/Andy Dwyer
Fic Title: Seven Slices
Author: stillscape
Link: http://stillscape.livejournal.com/8790.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Word Count/WIP?: 4,857 (complete)
Recced By: stars-inthe-sky


Why This Must Be Read: stillscape tackles the roll-of-the-dice scenarios introduced by the Community episode “Remedial Chaos Theory,” Pawnee-style. It’s amazing.

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Fandom Category: Parks and Recreation
Pairing: Leslie Knope/Ben Wyatt
Fic Title: Doors closing, doors opening
Author: princess_george
Link: http://princess-george.livejournal.com/4005.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG
Word Count/WIP?: 1,060 (complete)
Recced By: stars-inthe-sky


Why This Must Be Read: A short but sweet POV take on that scene at the end of “Smallest Park.”

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Fandom Category: Parks and Recreation
Pairing: April Ludgate/Andy Dwyer, Lucy/Tom Haverford
Fic Title: What to Expect When Expecting
Author: lexie
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/collections/yuletide2011/works/302435
Rating/Warning(s): G
Word Count/WIP?: 1,058 (complete)
Recced By: stars-inthe-sky


Why This Must Be Read: Long since jossed by canon, but who cares? April and Andy announce they’re having a baby, and the Parks crew reacts exactly as you’d expect.
 
 
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