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Complete Metamophosis, The Very Hungry Caterpillar: You know how there's always that one fic every year that breaks fandom a little bit? Pretty sure this one is it.

What's Mine Is Not Yours, Unusual Dragon Hoards (iguanamouth): One of my favourite memes on tumblr this fandom is pretty much what it says on the tin: dragons hoarding unusual stuff. This fic is delightfully wacky/practical, and I adore it.

Further On, The Turn of the Story: If you have not managed to read THE TURN OF THE STORY by Sarah Rees Brennan, you should do that. It's free on her live journal.

This fic is long, which is excellent, and also excellent, which is excellent.

Aftermath, The Scarlet Pimpernel: This takes place at the most tense moment of Percy and Marguerite's relationship, and it is PER.FECT. UGH, I love THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL so much, and this fic is basically most of what I love in a nutshell.

Intervals in Time, Protector of the Small: WYLDON OF CAVALL. SUCH JERK. MUCH PERSONAL GROWTH. I'M NOT CRYING IT'S RAINING ON MY FACE.
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Once upon a time, there was this commercial on Canadian TV:



It's become something of a Thing lately, thanks to its hilarity/ability to be misunderstood, and so this year, there was Yuletide fic for it*.

There are two stories, a photo chronicle, which is absolutely hilarious, and a fairy-tale type, which is super adorable.

I'm still working my way through the archive. :)





*with a bonus appearance by these guys.
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I swear, this is the most Yuletide reading I've ever done. Which is, I guess, what happens when I am by myself for Christmas?

Anyway!

Queen and Consequence - The Princess Diaries.

I love this one because, in addition to being funny and capturing all the characters (and pears!) with perfection, it's also about the "real" Queen of Genovia watching a movie about herself, starring Anne Hathaway. There are Chris Pine jokes that are simply not to be missed. It's beautiful.

Sunrose Transplanted - The Trickster Books

Sarai makes a pretty understandable, if selfish, choice in "Trickster's Queen". This fic is the outcome of her decisions. It's not all easy, being out of the plots and conspiracies, but she does her best. Also, we get to see Empress Kalasin, which doesn't happen enough, as far as I am concerned.

Brightness All Around - The Protector of the Small

Wyldon asks Kel if she would like a puppy. I'm not even freaking kidding. Gods all bless.

With All Brightness - Lilo & Stitch

My feelings, you guys. MY. FEELINGS.

Delete Selected Email? - The Anger of Jonathan Franzen

Remember the time Jonathan Franzen got mad at Twitter and insulted, like, EVERYONE ALIVE? Fandom never forgets, that's for sure. And fandom is pretty damn clever about it. This is a series of movie proposals, and it does not disappoint (anyone except Jonathan Franzen, presumably).

Seeds of a Rose - Stealing Fire

Lydias. Lydias. Lydias. Lydias. Lydias.

I can't even.

YULETIDE!

Dec. 27th, 2013 07:27 pm
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A few more recs!

With Whipped Cream and a Cherry on Top - FANGIRL.

OKAY OKAY, so all the characters from FANGIRL decide to do Yuletide, and it is basically the GREATEST THING IN MY LIFE (right now). Seriously. And it's Yuletide 2012, so that means Bublé/Velociraptors.

The Case of the Dancing Girl - DEATH BY SILVER.

Basically my favourite thing about DEATH BY SILVER is the magic. And the grammar. And the kissing. And this fic? ALL OF IT. Also, there's a thing with a potholder that I don't want to ruin for you, but seriously: read it. Also, the urtica mordax gets a cameo that made me snicker really hard. BECAUSE OF REASONS.

The Cursed Bowl - DEATH BY SILVER.

The other thing I really love about DEATH BY SILVER? Miss Frost. So obviously this fic has "win" all over it.

The Worst Wingman Ever - The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

This is the story of how Fitz and Darcy became (and stayed) friends, and lo, it is awesome.

All Politeness - The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

Darcy goes to Carter's. It does not end well. Except for me, of course, because this fic is excellent.

A View From The Other Side - The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

Darcy's version of the Gibson wedding. There are a few differences, but a lot of things stay the same. And considering this is the year I grew to tolerate William Darcy, I think it says a lot that I have TWO recs from his POV. But this fic has the most amazing voice for Darcy, and in my terribly unprofessional opinion, I think it's perfect.

Vienna Waits For You - The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

Lizzie does not get a happily ever after. She gets an after. And it's hard. And it's perfect. And, good lord, Drunk!Mrs. Bennet is not to be missed!

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Randomly, I'm not sure I like the whole "AO3 is smart enough that you comment anonymously on un-revealed challenges" feature. I mean, it's great in theory, but in practice it means I am getting a pile of anonymous replies to my comments, so I don't know who wrote the fics, and never will, because I'll lose track of them all by the time the reveal rolls around.

(Unless AO3 is also smart enough to email me again? I doubt it. But whatever.)
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I finally remembered that I can, you know, SCROLL THROUGH THE LIST OF FANDOMS, and have begun to do so. I have reached the G's, but need to backtrack a bit tomorrow. A couple of my Hobbit fics updated while I was doing that (OMG, LAPIN (who wrote "Something Blue", my perfect Hobbit fic), is KILLING me with her new one!), and anyway, I think I might be ficced out for today, and I want to enjoy it, so here are some recs, while I am taking a break.

Documents from the Preying Mantis Incursion - Maru (the internet cat that I only know about because he had vids at Festivids last year). This fic was HILARIOUS and BRILLIANT and involves many of the things I love most about the internet and fandom in general.

River Run Dry - Bottom of the River (Delta Rae). Oh yes, someone wrote fic for the DEMON KRUMPING SONG. I am VERY HAPPY ABOUT THIS.

Gathering Seeds to Throw Wide - The Almighty Johnsons. GOOD LORD, I wanted to love this show. And couldn't, for various reasons. But this fic? THIS FIC, I LOVE. And not JUST because it's Dean O'Gorman's character and Keisha Castle Hughes's character!

okay, so maybe a little bit

And that's as far as I've got for now!
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I think this is the first time someone's ever read a book to write me a Yuletide treat? Which resulted in a hilarious note, and also a great fic for BLACK SHIPS, so EVERYONE IS A WINNER.

Across the River

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Also, THE STORY OF OWEN came up in an article series about people who love dragon books. Basically, it's a list of books I love, except MY BOOK IS ALSO THERE. Link

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Waiting on The Sister, because Tiny has apparently decided to celebrate Christmas by sleeping FOR.EV.ER., and then it's time for more family, food and entertaining Angry Bird with shiny paper.

Yuletide

Dec. 25th, 2013 07:11 am
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Guys.

GUYS.

I GOT FANGIRL FANFIC FOR MY YULETIDE PRESENT!

It's called Another Problem You Can't Google, and it is PERFECTION. And so funny. I am currently chewing on a pillow, because everyone is asleep, and if I giggle hysterically, as I would like to, I will wake them all up.

“You're not going to cry, are you?” Levi asked, giving her a smile that crinkled his eyes in ways Cath felt like she could study for hours and still not be satisfied with seeing. “I wouldn't know what to do if you cried at your own dirty fanfiction.”


“It's not dirty,” Cath scolded. “Are you even listening?”


“Of course,” Levi replied. “It's depressing dirty fanfiction. You must have leveled up.”


THAT IS ONLY THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG, because there's ALSO SIMON/BAZ FANFIC IN THE STORY. I am dead of glee, basically.

MERRY CHRISTMAS! :)
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The Southern Gothic remix of Galadriel's part of the Silmarillion you never knew you needed.

Seriously.

Just when I think [livejournal.com profile] penknife has done it all, she knocks my socks off with something new.

Fic Rec

Dec. 6th, 2013 11:54 pm
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The Pacific Rim/Hobbit fusion you never always knew you wanted:

I Sang In My Chains Like the Sea

It's one of those amazing works that manages to be both universes entirely, without seeming (too) far-fetched or wacky. It's a re-telling of PacRim with Hobbit characters, and it's flipping perfect. Also, Dis is the Pentecost character and, damn if I haven't been waiting for that my whole life.

Basically it's just really well done.
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[livejournal.com profile] icarus_chained does anthropomorphic like no one else, and so her AVENGERS fic All Weather Friends, is just BEYOND PERFECTION.

Coulson's awake, and the Avengers are happy about it. Well, they will be. Eventually.
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I figure that every fandom gets one perfect fanfic.

I think that, for THE HOBBIT, that perfect fanfic might be Something Blue.

Something Blue is not perfect just because it's the best post BOFA fix-it I've ever seen. And it's not perfect because it's the best incorporation/explanation/adaptation/use of the idea of Dwarves having a "One" I've ever read. And it's not perfect because Bilbo is fucking awesome. And it's not perfect because Kili is ridiculously insightful while still being carefree. And it's not perfect because Fili is trying, but being crown prince and being crown prince is kind of a step. And it's not perfect because Thorin is, well, Thorin.

It's not perfect because the dialogue shines, or because the descriptions are so good you might be standing there. It's not perfect because of everyone's backstories. It's not perfect because the gardening details are all correct. It's not perfect because it's politics and intrigue and consequences. And it's not perfect just because it's a marriage of convenience (and, so help me, I adore those so much).

Something Blue is perfect, yes, because it is ALL OF THOSE THINGS, plus more feelings than I knew what to do with. It is a story, one of the best I've ever read. Waiting for updates was torture, and then finally getting to read the ending was...well, that would be telling.

So give it a try, f-list. If you like THE HOBBIT. Because this story? Is kind of perfect.
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Burning Bright, a Dis fic that will KILL YOUR SOUL, but, ye gods, is it well put together. (Trigger warnings for ALL THE THINGS.)

Now I really need a hug.

(And at the same time I'm wondering if I just really need to cry about something? 'Cause sometimes that helps? Except I don't know what I want to cry about? And none of the books I have on hand are criers?)
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One of the things I really love about the Tolkien fandom is that it forces people to be creative. If you want to write slash, you don't have to stretch that much, but if you want to write anything else, you have to work for it. This has led to some excellent genderflip stories (of which the as yet unfinished The Secret is far and away the best), but HOBBIT fics are also tackling racism and prejudice, family and definitions thereof, and, thanks to Bifur, quite a few stories where characters deal with brain injuries.

Most recently, there is Which Had No Stone, an absolutely beautiful look at Bifur remembering that he used to remember. The descriptions of how his brain has reworked itself make total sense in-universe, and the writing is gorgeous. I had a lot of feelings.

Fic Rec

Jan. 22nd, 2013 12:46 pm
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This is another WIP, but it seems to be progressing well. It's a re-write of the movie with Dis as a member of the Company, and it's also Dis/Dwalin, which makes me extra happy. It's funny and moving, like the movie itself, and Dis's POV really helps make sense of Thorin and the others.

Also: DIS IS A BAMF.

Wild Geese

Fic Rec

Jan. 17th, 2013 11:59 am
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I thought I had recommended this already, but apparently I just emailed Emma and Amy 14 times, and neglected to actually post it here.

This Unexpected Summer of the Heart is a fix-it. And it is beautiful. There's Frodo and he's perfect. And also there's a scene with Kili where I almost died. And then there's about 14 other scenes where I almost died, including one of the best written kisses I've come across since I started obsessing over this fandom.

Probably young Hamson Gamgee again. His visits were often coincidentally close to mealtimes, but Bilbo pretended not to notice. In fact, he usually sent Hamson home with a loaf of bread or a freshly baked pie to share with his brother and sisters, on the pretense of clearing out his pantry or similar nonsense. The Gamgees had four children to feed, after all, and Bilbo was a bachelor with more money than he would ever have reason to spend.

From his place by the sink, Bilbo heard the sound of the door opening, and then an astonished shout. "Uncle!" Frodo cried. "There's an army of dwarves at the door!"

Bilbo made a small noise of satisfaction as he returned the last of the dishes to its rightful place. Last week it had been a troop of elves, and the week before that Frodo had brought home a pair of talking ladybugs. Doubtless he got his imagination from the Brandybuck side of the family.

"Well, tell them they missed supper," he said. "But they're welcome to stop in for scones, if they want any."

Frodo relayed the message, and Bilbo heard a murmur of voices at the door, too deep to be the Gamgee children. Curiosity piqued, he stepped out into the hallway. "Who is it, then?"

"I told you," Frodo said, his voice soft with wonder. "It's dwarves."

The door had been thrown wide open. On the doorstep stood Thorin Oakenshield. There was a little more gray in his hair than Bilbo remembered, and the lines in his face were deeper, but other than that he'd hardly changed at all.

"At your service, Mr. Baggins," he said.

Bilbo didn't faint. Not this time. He had been dreaming of this moment for more than thirty years, but this was better than he'd ever dared to hope, because Fili and Kili were standing behind their uncle, and Bofur was leaning against the gate, chatting with a wide-eyed Hamson Gamgee and being gawked at by the neighbors. It was all too good to be true.

"Bilbo Baggins, entirely at yours," he said, just in case he wasn't hallucinating, and stepped aside to let them in.


Hold. Me. FOREVER.
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Despite my promise to myself not to read ANY alternate endings for The Battle of the Five Armies, I clicked on a story called STONEFLOWER about twenty minutes ago and...well...I've read A LOT of Hobbit fic in the past few days. And a lot of it was truly awful. And some of it was truly excellent. But this one? Is truly Tolkien.

The author is one of those that manages to combine book and movie timelines, dialogue and description, and the details of the source stories with excellent writing and a good story. And yes, it's a "Never Will Be", but as I was reading it, I swear I could hear the actors' voices doing the lines.

It's a WIP, but it's being updated fairly consistently.

Stoneflower, by notsilver

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In semi-related news, I have used this icon in 8 of my last 10 posts. Clearly I really DO need a better icon to talk about my feelings.

Fic Rec!

Jan. 6th, 2013 12:02 pm
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(This icon is a stand-in until I find something more majestic, or at least something that encapsulates more of my UNEXPECTED JOURNEY INTO DWARF FEELINGS.)

There's new Babies of the House of Durin fic! This one is much more serious. It's a character study of Dis, as told by Thorin (who thinks he has failed her when, in fact, she is actually doing AMAZING things to help), and...yeah. It's not as happy as the others, but it's very, very, good.

Sons of Durin: In his darker days far from home, laboring for men in Gondor, in Dunland, and faraway in Bree, Thorin wondered if Dís bore her sons because she wearied of waiting for him, King of a scattered people, to gather them home again.
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brb, dying FOREVER. (Seriously. Watch it on HD.)

Also, I don't remember if I mentioned this here, but I think a Thorin/Bilbo vid to this song would be HILARIOUS:



Except maybe the original, though I really do like this version a lot.

RunRabbitRun has written more Babies of the House of Durin fic. I need all the hugs: Midwifery.

Also, I need more Babies of the House of Durin fic.

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I think I'm going to type up some of the essays I wrote TEN YEARS AGO when I was freaking out about The Two Towers. They'll be awful, but there's one in particular that explains me as a fan and...well, it's still true.
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A Memory: In which Thorin babysits and Dwalin helps.

"Well, that one's certainly grown," he said, nodding at Fíli.

"I'm seven!" He said proudly.

"Fee, gimme duck," Kíli said, speaking quietly for once. Fíli graciously handed the toy over and took up a little boat instead. With the children distracted for a moment, Dwalin looked over at Thorin who now leaned over with his head again the rim of the tub, the very image of a man overwhelmed.

Dwalin burst out laughing.

"Shut up," growled Thorin.


Hold me.
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Yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuletide!

1. Where Bear?: This is a Warehouse 13 story where Myka and HG go hunting for a mysterious artefact that's convinced a couple of Scottish graduate students that their advisor has turned into a bear. Because what says YULETIDE like W13 crossed over with BRAVE? Also, there's archaeology and myth migration and BASICALLY IT IS PERFECT.

2. Echoes: For Caprica, what happens to Tamara after Zoe leaves her and the rebellion starts. Just. Just.

3. Attack of the Chickens, Children and Other Hazards of Suburban Life, aka my annual OMG, CALVIN AND HOBBES fic, care of Yuletide.

4. Would You Like Some Lightning With Your Soup?: Circle of Magic, ALL GROWED UP, OMG. They are so ADORABLE and SUPPORTIVE and I just want to WALLOW in how FANTASTIC this story is.

5. Musical Arrangements: Pern, post-ALL THE WEYRS OF PERN where Menolly and Sebell are married and brilliant and complicated and OMG, DRAAAAAAAGONS AND MUSIC. It is just beautiful. Just. Beautiful.

6. Upside Down and Inside Out: More Circle of Magic stories, this one is about Daja fitting in to a new family in the beginning when they all lived at Discipline. And handstands, because Lark is AWESOME.

7. Green As It Grows: Jane Eyre, and her narration, not to mention the dialogue, are absolutely perfect (even though I keep thinking of the parody that [livejournal.com profile] sarahtales wrote and giggling). This one is rated M.

8. Actions May Speak Louder Than Words, but Sometimes You Really Need the Words: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. In which Darcy and Lizzie go grocery shopping and it's not as awkward as it could be (but it sure has its moments). Also rated M, but if you just read the first half you'll get the point of the matter. :)

9. Hopes and Fears and Fidgets: Matilda. MY HEARRRRRRRRRRRRT, ugh. *glomptacklehugs*

10. Le meilleur de tous les mondes: PAN AM! PAN AM! Oh, once there was a perfect TV show, and then it ENDED and then sometimes people wrote lovely fanfic about Kate and Colette getting on with their lives the way they want to, because they CAN.

I'll be back with more recs later. I'm less than halfway through my tabs, but I'm hungry and I've got some cleaning to do before [livejournal.com profile] faith_king gets here.

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