Twirl

Mod Post: A Fond Farewell

After nearly a decade and thousands of wonderful recs, manifestos, discussions, and more, het_reccers is now officially and permanently closed, as is our Tumblr mirror.

This archive will remain, and readers can also check out its Dreamwidth counterpart and AO3 collection. Though these are managed separately, both are open for contributions and have more great het recs.

The mods would like to thank you, the community, for everything you have helped create. From the biggest fandoms to the crackiest rarepairs, you've brought us all great joy and even greater feels. We're grateful to everyone who's recced, read, and written so many wonderful fics.

Fandom is at its heart about the communities that form around the stories we love, and het_reccers has always been a prime example of fandom at its best.

Happy trails to all!
Kiss

4 recs, Marvel, Natasha/Bucky

I just want to preface this list by saying that I will go down with this ship like none other, and what you see here is a very narrowed-down list of the truly absurd number of Winter Widow fics I'd rec if I had the time.

Fandom: Marvel
Pairing: Natasha Romanoff/Bucky Barnes
Title: It’s complicated
Author: medeafive
Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/6501484
Rating/Warning(s): Mature
Word Count/WIP?: 1,546 (complete)
Recced on LiveJournal By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: Restrained, a little heartbreaking, and a little promising, this fic manages to contend with Natasha’s reproductive issues, Bucky’s return to the world, and their undefined but important relationship to each other.

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Sky

"Irregulars" by lizbee (T)

Fandom: Doctor Who
Pairing: Martha Jones/Mickey Smith
Title: Irregulars
Author: lizbee
Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/114412
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
Word Count/WIP?: 1,746 (complete)
Recced on LiveJournal By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: Martha/Mickey gets a bad rap as a "pair your spares" trope, but, honestly, I kind of love them together anyway. This delightful, fast-paced fic gets at why: they're clever and competent and out to save the universe, whether or not the Doctor ever notices. And it's always better with two.
Twirl

Firefly, 2 recs, multiple pairings

Fandom: Firefly
Pairing: Zoe Washburne/Hoban Washburne
Title: Indistinguishable From Magic
Author: kieyra
Link: https://kieyra.livejournal.com/186086.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG
Word Count/WIP?: 3,046 (complete)
Recced on LiveJournal By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: A fix-it that’s slow and satisfying as it reveals its secrets.

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Fandom: Firefly, the Bible
Pairing: Kaylee Frye/Simon Tam, Ruth/Malcolm Reynolds
Title: Ruth on a Firefly
Author: in_the_beginning
Link: https://in-the-beginning.dreamwidth.org/8528.html
Rating/Warning(s): G
Word Count/WIP?: 3,801 (complete)
Recced on LiveJournal By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: Strange but strangely compelling, this seemingly incongruous combination of stories comes together in one lovely, understated consideration of the Book of Ruth’s famous line, “where you go, I will go.”
Kiss

"if the heavens ever did speak" by Polexia_Aphrodite (M)

Fandom: Captain America
Pairing: Peggy Carter/Steve Rogers
Title: if the heavens ever did speak
Author: Polexia_Aphrodite
Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/3865819
Rating/Warning(s): Mature
Word Count/WIP?: 1,649 (complete)
Recced on LiveJournal By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: What a perfect little missing scene! Mid-CA:TFA, our heroes have an intimate little interlude, and everyone returns to battle with a smile.
Laugh

3 recs, various romcom-y fandoms

Fandom: What’s Your Number?
Pairing: Ally Darling/Colin Shea
Title: Disgusting Donald and the Lady Raptors
Author: lanyon
Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/8916067
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Word Count/WIP?: 1,269 (complete)
Recced on LiveJournal By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: An unmitigated delight, this fic follows up the movie with some sweet shippy goodness, hanging out with Daisy’s awesome kid, and a deep self-awareness for, uh, how famous everyone Ally dated has become since the movie came out in 2011.

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Fandom: Selfie
Pairing: Eliza Dooley/Henry Higgs
Title: Without a Hitch
Author: cloudedcreation
Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/9026458
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
Word Count/WIP?: 1,365 (complete)
Recced on LiveJournal By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: Do you miss this show? I miss this show. This fic makes me miss this show less, but now I miss Charmonique more.

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Fandom: New Girl
Pairing: Jess Day/Nick Miller
Title: Five times Jess tries to seduce Nick
Author: wagamiller
Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/843921
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
Word Count/WIP?: 5,474 (complete)
Recced on LiveJournal By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: I just reread this fic to be doubly sure, but it looks like it is in fact fic and not a series of deleted scenes. Pity, ‘cause it’s just what it says on the tin and the very definition of the “haha, aww, you guys” vibe that this show excels at.
D.C.

"Outtakes" by YankingAwry (M)

Fandom: Spiderman: Homecoming
Pairing: Michelle Jones/Peter Parker
Title: Outtakes
Author: YankingAwry
Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/13139571
Rating/Warning(s): Mature
Word Count/WIP?: 3,078 (complete)
Recced on LiveJournal By:

Why This Must Be Read: Besides the fact that "a cursed Tony Stark Funko Pop" is listed as a character? This is a sweet and grounded and genuinely funny story about two people who really like each other trying to figure out sex, in spite of a lot of hijinks and the occasional superpowered interlude...and the aforementioned Funko. (It's part of a longer series that's also terrific, but this installment is just in a league of its own.)
D.C.

"Freedom" by LJC (Mature)

Fandom: Daredevil
Pairing: Elektra Natchios/Matt Murdock
Title: Freedom
Author: LJC
Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/13039188
Rating/Warning(s): Mature
Word Count/WIP?: 6,623 (complete)
Recced on LiveJournal By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: Elektra is a difficult character to inhabit, but the author takes on the challenge with grace and not a little darkness in this exploration of Elektra's past, future, and the choices she makes—especially those related to a certain lawyer she's not quite going to quit.
Laugh

iZombie, 2 recs, Liv/Major

Fandom: iZombie
Pairing: Liv Moore/Major Lilywhite
Title: Whatever You Throw at Me
Author: Mosca
Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/5440823
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
Word Count/WIP?: 2,568 (complete)
Recced on LiveJournal By: stars_inthe_sky
Why This Must Be Read: In the earlier seasons, the show briefly touched on how weird (but also how unexpectedly fun) it might be to date someone whose personality and interests change in such drastic but quasi-predictable ways as Liv's do. This sweet series of missing moments covers a few less murder-tastic brains she might've sampled over the years, as well as how the people in her life (and a human Major in particular) help her steer around the curves.

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Fandom: iZombie
Pairing: Liv Moore/Major Lilywhite
Title: Mind Over Matters
Author: tvconnoisseur
Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/8884951
Rating/Warning(s): G
Word Count/WIP?: 1,670 (complete)
Recced on LiveJournal By: stars_inthe_sky
Why This Must Be Read: The longer the show's gone on, the harder it is to see the "real" Liv through the many, many characters she takes on—and this fic (though it tends toward gen, it's definitely got its shippy moments) takes a careful, balanced approach to what that means and does to a person, as well as to those around them. Well worth exploring, it turns out.
Tree

2 recs, Thrilling Adventure Hour, various pairings

Fandom: Thrilling Adventure Hour (Beyond Belief)
Pairing: Sadie Doyle/Frank Doyle
Title: Tick of Time
Author: fangirl_squee
Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/2716592
Rating/Warning(s): PG
Word Count/WIP?: 3,156 (complete)
Recced on LiveJournal By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: I love these characters, together and apart, but I especially love how much they love each other, and this fic does a great, lighthearted job of highlighting just how important that can be.

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Fandom: Thrilling Adventure Hour (Sparks Nevada: Marshal on Mars)
Pairing: Ginny West/Sparks Nevada
Title: retired is being twice tired
Author: possibilityleft
Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/3565682
Rating/Warning(s): G
Word Count/WIP?: 1,826 (complete)
Recced on LiveJournal By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: The author makes incredible sense of a seemingly random narrative direction, and the results are surprisingly grounded and meaningful—not just for Sparks and Ginny but for the whole crew to boot.