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Fantastic Four (Comics)

Central Park in June (3469 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] traincat - Peter Parker/Johnny Storm

Valeria tries to break up Peter and Johnny. Peter and Johnny humor her. Adorable and hilarious.

The Wicked + The Divine

my heart beats in patterns to the broken sound (1010 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] piggy09 - Baal/Laura Wilson

A conversation between Laura and Baal. Reads like it could be a scene in the comic.

Hark! A Vagrant

Flintlock through the heart, and you're to blame (1451 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] bookwyrm - Nemesis/Pirate

Glorious, ridiculous and gloriously ridiculous. A delight from beginning to end.

Duel to Be Kind (5544 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] IncurableNecromantic - Nemesis/Pirate

A little thing like cessation of hostilities can't get between a Pirate and his Nemesis. A romp, through and through.

Twelfth Night

movements of the mind (1892 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] lost_spook - Feste, Olivia

Wonderful backstory for the relationship between Olivia and her Fool.

Queen and the Soldier (Song)

bears the crown (3803 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] bloodbright - The Queen/The Soldier

An immortal queen and a soldier who is an idea that never dies. Complex and compelling.

Barrett's Privateers (Song)

Till Eight Bells Do Ring Out (2951 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] greenlily

Barrett's Privateers as genderswapped Space Opera. Works amazingly well.

Tam Lin (Ballad)

Yours (1887 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] MixolydianGrey - Janet/Tam Lin

Janet and Tam Lin's future told in scraps of letters.

TLF Travel Alerts (Twitter)

The Tram Trials of Life (1295 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] stephdairy

I have no idea how to describe this. It's about trams...sort of. It's surreal, but strangely compelling.

Anthropomorfic

Galaxies de Fromage (6500 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] trillingstar

Space-opera with CHEESE! Witty and fun.

Seeds and Stones (1628 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] fresne

Standing stones and dandelions. Permanence and impermanence. Lovely use of recurring motifs.

Tingleverse - Chuck Tingle/Yuletide Anthropomorfic

Arse-chive of my Own: Pounded in the Butt By the Lack of Tingleverse Fics in Yuletide 2016 (1644 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Buckaroo69

So wrong and yet so hilarious.
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The Martian

Which Way to Go (1018 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] anr - Melissa Lewis, Mark Watney

A nice look at Mark and Lewis post-rescue.

Revisions To A 'Dear Writer' Letter, Yuletide 2035. (1313 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] lannamichaels

The increasingly flaily dear writer letters of a Yuletide participant in 2035 who requested NASA RPF. Hilarious and heartfelt.

Navigating by the Light of a Minor Planet (21669 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] delgaserasca - Chris Beck/Beth Johanssen

Long, introspective Beth Johannsen fic set after they return home. Really excellent. Everything I never knew I wanted out of this fandom.

The Mummy

Her Echoes, They Surround (3779 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] OzQueen - Ardeth Bay/Evy Carnahan O'Connell/Rick O'Connell

Very hot, porny threesome-fic.

Singin' in the Rain

Or, What You Will (3541 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] ryfkah - Cosmo Brown/Don Lockwood/Kathy Selden

Don, Kathy and Cosmo film an all-singing, all-dancing version of Twelfth Night. A delightful confection of a fic.

The Sting

truth deceived (7047 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Damkianna - Henry Gondorff/Johnny Hooker

Fake dating fic is not something I ever imagined working for this fandom, but in fact this fic pulls it off perfectly.

10 Things I Hate About You

10 Things I Hate About Reunions (17278 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] ByroseA - Kat Stratford/Patrick Verona

Kat and Patrick and the joys of not going to your ten-year high-school reunion.

What's Your Number

You Might Think I'm Crazy (32363 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] minim_calibre - Ally Darling/Colin Shea

Lovely, really charming post-canon fic. Feels like an extension of the movie.

Arsenic and Old Lace

Six Sips of Strychnine (6302 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] cookinguptales - Abby Brewster & Martha Brewster

Fucked-up yet lighthearted backstory as befitting a fucked-up yet lighthearted movie.

Dirty Dancing

Waiting For a Voice to Come (2451 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Arsenic - Johnny Castle/Frances "Baby" Houseman

I can't help but love a post-canon happy ending for these two. Or at least the beginning of one.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

something so magic (3113 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] salvadore - Ferris Bueller/Cameron Frye/Sloane Peterson

Adorable, faily poly-fic.
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Vorkosigan Series - Lois McMaster Bujold

Intelligent Disobedience (1304 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Philomytha - Simon Illyan & Aral Vorkosigan

A missing scene between Aral and Simon during Barrayar. Sharp and painful and perfect.

Never Getting Back Together (Like, Ever). (1444 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] lannamichaels - Aral Vorkosigan/Ges Vorrutyer

Aral/Ges reimagined as a letter to Captain Awkward. Ges Vorrutyer is the ultimate Darth Vader Boyfriend. The best kind of crack.

The Huntsman's Reel (4440 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Philomytha - Simon Illyan/Alys Vorpatril

Alys and Simon foiling a Cetegandan plot with style during Aral's Regency.

peace and quiet (5836 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] alessandriana - Gregor Vorbarra & Ivan Vorpatril

Well put together and a great glimpse into Gregor and Ivan's relationship.

The Queen's Thief - Megan Whalen Turner

the last (1050 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] patrokla - Eddis & Eugenides

A nice Eddis character-study.

Agreements and Arguments. (2162 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] shewhoguards - Attolia/Eugenides

Gen and Attolia have a discussion on their wedding night. The author really has a feel for the way the characters talk to each other.

The Dolphin's Promise (21313 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] sameshima_shuzumi - Eddis

Long, plotty, gen, pre-book Eddis adventure-story. With pirates! And politics twisty enough to fit in one of the books.

Oxford Time Travel Universe - Connie Willis

Busman's Holiday (2218 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] allyndra - Ned Henry/Verity Kindle

A sweet little take on Ned and Verity's honeymoon.

Discworld - Terry Pratchett

Gytha and Esme's Ill-Advised Adventure (3708 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Elemental - Gytha "Nanny" Ogg, Esmerelda "Granny" Weatherwax

An adventure of a young Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg. Sharply -- and hilariously -- in character.

Chalion Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold

First Choices (2017 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] rsadelle

A clever take on what Quintarian faith might look like in the modern day. Told in the format of a news article.

all the words that ever were or ever will be (2825 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Tequila_Mockingbird - the Daughter

The events of The Curse of Chalion as seen from the Daughter's perspective.

Hornblower - C.S. Forester

Smallbridge (12230 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] dome_epais - William Bush/Horatio Hornblower/Barbara Wellesley, Horatio Hornblower/Barbara Wellesley

Wonderful slow-build poly-fic told from Barbara's pov.

Little Women - Louisa May Alcott

Something Splendid (2308 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] thelittlestbird - Theodore Laurence/Amy March

A series of letters between Amy and Laurie while they're both in Europe.
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Next up: Detectives!

Lord Peter Wimsey - Dorothy L. Sayers

one another’s all (1331 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] harborshore - Harriet Vane/Peter Wimsey, Mervyn Bunter/Peter Wimsey, Mervyn Bunter/Harriet Vane/Peter Wimsey

OT3 of my heart! A short, fraught, but lovely coming together.

Service (2340 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] leiascully - Mervyn Bunter/Peter Wimsey

Lovely Peter/Bunter focused around their time together during the war and the time just after.

Like As the Hart (1334 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Persiflager - Harriet Vane/Peter Wimsey

Set after Harriet admits her love for Peter, but before their marriage. Lovely Harriet-pov.

Seven Hundred and Sixty One British Nights (2125 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] pressdbtwnpages - Charles Parker

Charles Parker-pov on a period where Peter has faked his own death. Nice look at Charles and Peter's relationship as well as the developing relationship betweeen Charles and Mary.

Miss Marple - Agatha Christie

The Spirit of St Mary Mead (4005 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] lost_spook

Miss Marple as a Genius Locii and avatar of Nemesis. A clever concept, cleverly done.

The Thin Man

the thin man's bride (4185 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] betony - Nick Charles/Nora Charles

A charming little mystery with a modern sensibility.

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

What Brings Us Together (2244 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] often_adamanta - Phryne Fisher/Jack Robinson

Jack and Phryne and the desire for (non-sexual) intimacy.

Sing a Song of Sixpence (14497 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] orphan_account - Phryne Fisher & Jack Robinson

Nicely twisty case-fic set post-series three.

The Wake, the Current, the Tide (1697 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] KiaraSayre - Phryne Fisher, Elizabeth MacMillan, Dorothy "Dot" Williams

Delightful look at the friendships between Mac, Phryne and Dot.

To Begin With (4982 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] riverlight - Phryne Fisher/Jack Robinson

An unusual, but delightful first-time fic.

Therefore is Winged Cupid Painted Blind (6223 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] whetherwoman - Phryne Fisher/Jack Robinson

Steaming hot, but also true to Jack and Phryne's complicated relationship.

The Bletchley Circle

Statistical Methods in Risk Assessment (6518 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] ryfkah - Jean McBrien/Original Female Character

Great addition to the canon, featuring a well-drawn OFC.
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Remember when I made recs posts? Well I made it through all of Yuletide in the past few days, so next come the recs!

First up: Rivers of London! Some of these stories have minor spoilers for The Hanging Tree but I don't think anything major.

Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch

A Rabbit Hole of Edwardian Pornography (17593 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] linndechir - Peter Grant/Thomas Nightingale

Long, plotty and smoking hot. Does a believable job of incorporating sex - and kink - into their canon relationship.

A Change is As Good As a Rest (3611 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Joylee - Molly (Rivers of London), Thomas Nightingale, Peter Grant

Excellent Molly-pov on her relationship with Nightingale and Peter's addition to the Folly.

Posh (1775 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] maple_clef - Sahra Guleed & Molly (Rivers of London)

A sweet little tale about Sahra and Molly bonding in the Folly.

Forces Impressed Thereon (2484 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] telarna - Thomas Nightingale, Molly (Rivers of London), Peter Grant

Nightingale recuperating at the Folly after the defeat of Henry Pyke. Great Nightingale pov and some lovely insights into Nightingale and Molly's relationship.

Hold On, I'm a Little Unsteady (9019 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] moogle62 - Peter Grant/Thomas Nightingale

Very hot, well-negotiated sex-pollen fic.

three-body problem (15152 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Sixthlight - Beverley Brook/Peter Grant, Beverley Brook & Thomas Nightingale, Peter Grant/Thomas Nightingale

Delightful poly negotiations fic, told entirely from Beverley's pov.

all our plans are useless indeed (6511 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] hazel - Peter Grant/Thomas Nightingale

Nightingale through the years. Nice use of non-linear storytelling.
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Slings & Arrows

Legacy (9195 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] DesireeArmfeldt - Ellen Fanshaw/Geoffrey Tennant, Jack Crew/Kate McNab
Characters: Geoffrey Tennant, Jack Crew, Ellen Fanshaw, Kate McNab

Jack and Geoffrey and their enduring friendship. I love everything about this story, but especially the way we see Jack and Geoffrey's relationship change and grow as their lives change.

We Shall Remain in Friendship (1449 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] spuffyduds

Really great Anna and Geoffrey friendship fic. I love the dynamic between them in the show and I really love this take on how they first met and became friends.


Life

Pieces of a Whole (485 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] aj2245

Short but wonderful. Really captures Dani and Charlie's relationship.


Fame

Being What We Can (12390 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] oliviacirce - Ralph Garci/Montgomery MacNeil, Ralph Garci/Doris Finsecker, Montgomery MacNeil & Doris Finsecker

Wonderful, slow-building poly-fic, that is also most-definitely a love-letter to the theater.


The Thin Man

Climb Into The World (470 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] bessemerprocess - Nick Charles/Nora Charles

The one where Nick and Nora are Time Lords. Of course! Because that explains so much…

Considerably Before the Thin Man (2211 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Fabrisse - Nick Charles/Nora Charles

Nick meets Nora. Of course there's a murder involved. Simply delightful!


Singin' in the Rain

Girl Of My Dreams (1438 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Andraste - Cosmo Brown/Don Lockwood, Don Lockwood/Kathy Selden

Absolutely delightful Cosmo and Kathy friendship fic.


A League Of Their Own

Hear That Call (4595 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] isbmlamloi - Jimmy Dugan/Dottie Hinson, Mae Mordabito/Doris Murphy

Captures the feel of the movie and the characters wonderfully. A lovely look at a friendship that slowly turns into something more. WIth bonus background lesbians \o/


Sunset Boulevard

Lebenswerk (9874 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Selena - Norma Desmond/Max von Mayerling, Norma Desmond/Joe Gillis

A marvelous and chilling backstory for Max and Norma. Max's obsession with Norma is just the right kind of disturbing. And the rapidly shifting, emotionally charged power dynamics between them, the way they push and pull and ultimately wrap around and destroy each other is heartbreakingly perfect.


Casablanca

It's Still the Same Old Story (2618 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] misslucyjane - Rick Blaine/Louis Renault

A great character piece focusing on Rick trying to find his place after the war. This felt very right and true to the character to me.


How to Train Your Dragon

This is Berk. This is My Home. (1533 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] billtheradish

A lovely exploration of Astrid and her history and motivations. I love this idea of what Astrid's mother might be like, and how complicated their relationship is.


Into the Woods

the rope you began with (was never that straight) (3819 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Fahye - Baker/Cinderella

A charming look at the future of Cinderella and the other survivors of Into the Woods. The Cinderella-pov is wonderful, and the incorporation of glimpses of other fairytales was delightful.
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Aubrey-Maturin Series - Patrick O'Brian

On Solitude (15123 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] toft - Jack Aubrey/Stephen Maturin

Jack/Stephen Accidental telepathic bonding fic, that manages to balance and remain true to both the fantastical trope and the historical canon and characters. The one Yuletide story where I was absolutely certain I knew the author as soon as I read it, because I'm not sure anyone but Toft could have written this story.


Books of the Raskura - Martha Wells

Children of the New Court (13032 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] pentapus - Jade/Moon, Moon/Chime, Jade/Moon/Chime

Fabulous long, plotty Cloud Roads fic. A great Chime pov and a great look at how Chime and Moon are both still struggling some to adjust to their changed circumstances.


The Dark Is Rising - Susan Cooper

Once and Future (1693 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Llwyden - Bran Davies/Will Stanton

Wonderful future-fic full of rebirth and reincarnation and Will stepping into the role of oldest Old One. This is totally my headcanon now.


Enchanted Forest Chronicles - Patricia Wrede

The Balance of Affection (6060 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] RecessiveJean - Cimorene/Mendanbar

Wonderful family fic. I especially love Cimorene and Mendanbar's relationship here, and watching Mendanbar and Daystar slowly come to know each other as father and son. Also, footstools! And cats! The cats are a wonderful touch, very in-keeping with canon.


Invisible Cities - Italo Calvino

Invisible Citiez (559 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] norah

A series of texts between Marco Polo and Kublai Khan. No, really. Glorious and ridiculous. You really don't need to know canon to enjoy this one, or at least I didn't.


Young Avengers

Scenes from a Wedding (2682 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] traincat - Teddy Altman/Billy Kaplan

Completely charming wedding-fic full of wonderful character moments and clever details. And family. Oh, do those two boys have such complicated families... I don't' think I'd ever read anything of Traincat's before this Yuletide, but I clearly should have been, since this is the fourth of their stories I've recced this year.


Captain Britain & MI-13

boxes (656 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] misura

Dane meets Faiza's collection of comics. (Well, a part of it, anyway.)

A delightful moment between Dane and Faiza's mother. I loved Farida in the comics and it's great fun to see her again here.


Children's Work - Dessa Song

…And a Song for Minneapolis (2541 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] starlady

A great story about growing up and how complicated family relationships can be.


Space Girl - Ewan McColl & Peggy Seeger Song

My Only Self (4587 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] staranise - Space Girl/Servo Robot Rocket Pilot

The love story of a girl and her ship/robot. Completely adorable, with great worldbuilding. And, oh yes, tentacle porn. Because fandom.


Iowa - Dar Williams Song

A Great and Gruesome Height (19126 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] jaegecko - Narrator/OFC

A wonderfully complex f/f love story that really captures the feel of the song. Set within the universe of, but featuring no characters from The West Wing
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Lord Peter Wimsey Series - Dorothy Sayers

The Affair of the Blanched Bibliomane (4176 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] pendrecarc

A completely fabulous bit of casefic with an outsider perspective on Peter. Also introduced me to a fabulous historical woman I'd never heard about before.

Particular Talents (1298 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] greywash

Oh, PETER. This made me cackle with glee. Bunter is an incredibly patient and tolerant man.

A Clean Fire (1359 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] harborshore - Harriet Vane/Peter Wimsey, Saint-George Wimsey/OMC

A great insight into Saint-George, with a much happier ending than Sayers had planned for him, while still feeling true to the characters and the time.


Discworld Series - Terry Pratchett

The Importance of Being Mostly Human (10434 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] gogollescent - Lobsang Ludd/Susan Sto Helit

In which Susan identifies "Where's My Cow" as a proto-talismanic anchor for Young Sam's continued health and existence, and tries very hard not to wonder what the Vimes' butler does on his day off. There may also be a lesson about the meaning of Hogswatch, but no one wants to talk about that.

Pitch-perfect Discworld fic that cleverly ties up some time-tossed loose ends from various books. Also, Susan Sto Helit meets the Vimes family! ♥ ♥ ♥

Opposable Forces (2109 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] CakeorDeath

A wonderful, melancholy look at the relationship between a father and grown son. I love how the grown up Young Sam is portrayed here, and especially how his relationship with his father is complicated and frustrating and loving and not at all sentimental or idealized.

Thyngs More Important Than Chocolates (1188 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] athenejen - Lobsang Ludd/Susan Sto Helit

Awwwwww. Completely delightful. I want to draw sparkly hearts around this fic, this pairing and this author.

Some Time Before (7080 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] neveralarch - Sybil Ramkin/Samuel Vimes, Adora Belle Dearheart/Moist von Lipwig

A glorious look at four complicated characters as their lives unfold and they choose who they want to be and find the one they want to be with. Very true to canon, while also expanding my understanding of especially Sybil and Adora in ways canon can't.

Going It Alone (1983 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] nomadicwriter - Mustrum Ridcully/Esmerelda "Granny" Weatherwax

A great look at the young Esme Weatherwax finding her place in life.

First and Foremost (2988 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] hollimichele - Carrot Ironfoundersson/Angua von Uberwald

What does it really mean to be a Watchmen first and a woman and a werewolf second? A great look at some of the women of Ankh-Morpork and the some of the unexpected costs of being a woman in a predominately-male career.



Chronicles of Chrestomanci - Diana Wynne Jones

Checklist (4303 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] allyndra

Millie's boarding school experience is everything she hoped for, but not necessarily what she expected.

The Young Chants (9455 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] ryfkah - Christopher Chant/Millie

Christopher and his growing family. Completely delightful! Worth reading especially for Christopher being summoned as Chrestomanci while trying to calm a crabby baby Julia.

Such Balsam Falls (2418 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] speakmefair - Mordecai Roberts/Flavian Temple, Mordecai Roberts/Miss Rosalie

A wonderful, complicated story about Mordecai and Flavian and the long-term consequences for Mordecai of his time as Tacroy. Absolutely beautifully evocative and lyrical writing.

A Place to Call Your Own (3388 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] hhertzof

Janet's got a brand new life in a magical castle, just like she always wanted, so why does she feel like she's not what they wanted?

A great story about Janet adapting to life at Chrestomanci Castle.


A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett/The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

Prakriti (1954 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] recrudescence

Mary Lennox and Sarah Crewe meet and become friends as Land Girls during WWI. Lovely and achy.


Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery

What the water sprites saw (1708 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] ineptshieldmaid - Gilbert Blythe/Anne Shirley, John Selwyn/Persis Leigh

Lovely Anne/Gilbert. Sweet, sensual and very in-keeping with the characters.

Roll in the Burlington (2505 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] breathedout - Anne Shirley/Katherine Brooke, Katherine Brooke/OFC

Just wonderful and completely unexpected. In which Katherine Brooke's happiness looks very little like Anne Shirley's happiness. Great historical details about both turn of the century theatre and turn of the century queerness, with a bonus dash of Canadian religious/language politics.

The World in a Grain of Sand (1125 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Nestra

I love Katherine, and it's wonderful to see fic for her and see her get to live her dreams.


Mirabile - Janet Kagan

Stumped (3860 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Fabrisse - Leonev Denness/Annie Masmajean

MIRABILE FIC! A thing I'd never thought to find. And it's wonderful. A great little bio-mystery and a pleasing catch-up with all the characters.


Books of the Raskura - Martha Wells

Nesting Instincts (2777 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Measured_Words - Jade/Moon (Raksura), Chime/Moon (Raksura)

Moon, Chime and the importance of found family. Lovely and very in-keeping with the spirit of the books.
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The Queen's Thief Series - Megan Whalen Turner

a wide margin (1839 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] reapingfolk - Irene (Attolia)/Eugenides

Irene and Gen have such a wonderfully complicated relationship and this little story really delves into all the complications.

A Good Friend (3031 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] keilexandra

A wonderful look at an unusual friendship. I really love good stories about male-female friendships, and friendships across barriers of age or status and this has both.

War For the Oaks - Emma Bull

In Kind (3459 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] resolute

It's winter in Minnesota as I write this. It's beautiful. It also kills people.

A great, creepy Jazz-Age prequel to the novel.

Fall of Ile-Rien Series - Martha Wells

When the Sea Is (7183 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] marycrawford - Ilias/Tremaine Valiarde

A lovely little adventure with great worldbuilding and attention to details. I really like seeing how some of the disparate people who ended up in Cineth at the end of the series are adapting to life there.

Gashlycrumb Tinies - Edward Gorey

An Abecedary of Tragic Ends, Explicated for the Reader (2600 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] russian_blue

26 drabbles for 26 gruesome, cleverly imagined deaths.


The Bloggess

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time (1073 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] fenellaevangela

A series of fake Bloggess posts, wherein the Bloggess tries her hand at kitten livestreaming. COMPLTELY AWESOME.

Knitting Anthropomorfic

The Diary of Knitpicks Optionsina IV, age 3.5mm (1248 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] lirin

Completely adorable! With pictures!

xkcd 1110 (Click and Drag)

Bigger Than You Think (200 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] belford

An interactive story of exploration.

Somebody made an entire old-school text adventure game in the world of xkcd's click and drag comic. So, SO awesome

Meanwhile, in Universe #364b (4712 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] CherryIce

A fantastic exploration of all the various corners of the click and drag world, from the lemonade stand in the caverns to the whales in the sky.
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Push

Reunion Song (4752 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] moirariordan - Nick Gant/Cassie Holmes

Cassie and her mom part ways with Nick and Cassie refuses to admit that she's really not coping well. I love how genuinely torn Cassie is here, fighting between competing desires to figure out where she belongs.

...and that has made all the difference (4397 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] maharetr

Cassie and Nick and the little decisions we make that change our lives. I love that Nick and Cassie don't talk about staying together, but you can tell when they've made the decision. Neatly pushes my family-of-choice buttons.

she won't let me in there (3291 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] unfinishedidea - Nick Gant/Cassie Holmes

Nick and Cassie and the evolution of their relationship. I really like the idea of Nick taking Cassie to get some fight training so she can look out for herself, so they can both look out for each other.

Kick at the Darkness (14754 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Frostfire - Nick Gant/Cassie Holmes

Long, plotty Nick/Cassie roadtrip fic. A great build up to their relationship.

Job Offer (2534 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] kittydesade

Takes a supporting character from the film who doesn't even have a name and really fleshes her out in a satisfying and interesting manner.

The Bourne Legacy

New Reality (1618 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] cybermathwitch - Aaron Cross/Marta Shearing

A really great take on Marta and Aaron's relationship immediately after the movie. I love this Marta-POV and this take on how Aaron and Marta's sexual relationship begins is very believable and nicely done.

Bury My Heart on the Coals (6280 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] blackbird - Aaron Cross/Marta Shearing

Aaron and Marta on the run, learning about each other and learning to trust each other. A nice slow build.

if you want to sing out (1076 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Siria - Aaron Cross/Marta Shearing

Aaron/words OTP. A really interesting look at how the treatments changed Aaron.

Here, Now (2563 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] octopedingenue - Aaron Cross/Marta Shearing

A really neat look at Aaron and Marta and their relationship both after the movie and after Treadstone et. al have finally gone down. Pleasingly domestic in a way I never would have thought would work for these characters.

broke everything new again (1163 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Siria - Aaron Cross/Marta Shearing

A great, short fic about the ways both Marta and Aaron feel out of their depth in the new life they've found themselves in.

The Losers

This Side of Paradise (17031 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] thefourthvine - Carlos "Cougar" Alvarez/Jake Jensen

Undercover as gay/fake relationship fic is a classic for a reason. This is charming and witty with a great Jake pov and a nice take on Jake and Cougar's relationship.

All You Have To Do Is Open Your Eyes (5057 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] torakowalski - Carlos "Cougar" Alvarez/Jake Jensen

One of the best representations of how Cougar and Jensen communicate I've seen in fic. Does the tricky job of really capturing the non-verbal communication between Cougar and Jensen.


The Losers/Avengers movies

Five Things Not on Jake Jensen’s Resumé (1819 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] omphale23 - Carlos "Cougar" Alvarez/Jake Jensen

The unlikely (and awesome) comradeship of Jake Jensen and Tony Stark. It's actually much easier than I thought it would be to blend these two universes.

Sports Night

You Could Turn It On Like A Light (11978 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] nightcamedown - Casey McCall/Dan Rydell

In which Dan and Casey are not fraught. Or so they say.

Casey and Dan are SO fraught. It just takes Casey an extra-long time and a lot of flailing to figure it out. Spot-on dialogue.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

it's time to spend the night away (1825 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] ferrassie - Ferris Bueller/Cameron Frye

Ferris Bueller's POV is hard to get right, but this fic captures both his voice and his relationship with Cameron really nicely.

Grosse Point Blank

Four Ways Marcella Could Have Ended Up Working For Martin and One Way She Did (2191 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] linaerys

SO much fun. I love every single one of these might have beens.
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Captain Marvel

Your Kiss Is On My List (2042 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] musesfool - Carol Danvers/Steve Rogers, background Carol Danvers/Jessica Drew

Super-Hot Carol/Steve. Just what I wanted for Christmas certainly!

Being Open (1349 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] kinky_kneazle - Carol Danvers/Steve Rogers

This is totally my headcanon for these two now. Carol/Flight and Steve/Shield OTPs

Hawkeye

A Wedding and Some Arrows (1578 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] bendingwind - Carol Danvers/Jessica Drew

Great Kate and Clint friendship fic, with background Carol/Jess. I love Kate and Clint's friendship, it seems like they're just really good for each other.

i need to get my story straight (1115 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] haipollai

A cute little slice of life fic, with snappy banter and a completely faily attempt at dog training.

something good waitin' down this road (2846 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] latenightcuppa

Great found family fic. Hits all the right notes to make me squee and laugh and go awwwwww.

Five Times Two Hawkeyes Talked About Sex (and the First Time They Did It) (3584 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] mayhap - Clint Barton/Kate Bishop, Kate Bishop/Tommy Shepherd, Clint Barton/Phil Coulson

Great, believable build-up to Clint/Kate. Clint screws up everything he could possibly screw up. But he gets it right in the end.

I'm Only Gay For Captain America (2720 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] kinky_kneazle - Clint Barton/Kate Bishop

Excellent 5-times fic. I love how this works through Clint's various excuses to himself in a very believable way.

Young Avengers

we make midnight a maquette of the year (1598 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Lady_Ganesh - background Teddy Altman/Billy Kaplan

Tommy and Teddy bonding on New Years. A lovely look at the boys of the expanded Kaplan household. (I continue to maintain Billy has the BEST parents ever for taking in both his orphaned, alien boyfriend and his runaway mystical/psychic twin.)

Through the Mines (8775 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Traincat - Kate Bishop/Eli Bradley

Kate and Eli fall into a long-distance relationship. Really deals with the aftermath of Children's Crusade and Eli's decision in a believable manner.

Journey Into Mystery

Friendship, the Beginning/End Of (1870 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Lise

Leah and Loki before (and at) the end of it all. Totally made me sniffle. BFFs forever in my heart!

Runaways/Young Avengers Crossover

Kid Stuff (2029 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] JessicaJones

Molly and Tommy friendship fic! SO AWESOME. I love Molly in this.

Fantastic Four/Journey Into Mystery/Young Avengers Crossover

Strange Aeons (6758 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] sevenofspade

Dr. Doom gets pulled into time travel shenanigans with the Future Foundation, the Young Avengers and kid!Loki and Leah. A brilliant and heartbreaking merging of the canons for Avengers: The Children's Crusade and Journey Into Mystery.


Ultimate Spider-Man

Following Weblines (7696 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Traincat

Miles Morales gets pulled through a portal into the 616-verse. I've wanted to see how Miles would react to the main Marvel-verse since the end of Spider-Men and this does not disappoint. Also, totally makes me want to snuggle Miles.

The Adventures of Jackpot and Zombie Girl (3830 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Traincat

Wonderful friendship-fic! I really believed the progression of MJ and Gwen's relationship here. And I love the idea of them coping with Peter's death by deciding to become kickass superheroes.

Calvin & Hobbes and Hobbes & Bacon

Attack Chickens, Children, and Other Hazards of Suburban Life (1361 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] finesharp - Calvin/Susie Derkins

Calvin and Susie make the decision to have a kid, in a very Calvin and Susie kind of way.

"Worked okay so far?" (3440 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] lalaietha -- Calvin/Susie Derkins

Sometimes Susie worries about whether her daughter's fantasy life is actually fantasy.

SO perfect. An adult perspective on that line between fantasy and reality that makes Calvin & Hobbes so great.

a brief history of western philosophy (702 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] tashlae - Calvin/Susie Derkins

It's Susie's idea to name their daughter Bacon.

Short but delightful.
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No Man's Land by [personal profile] ellen_fremedon - Lord Peter Wimsey/Doctor Who crossover, Gen - An absolutely brilliant crossover. Peter and Bunter and Jack Harkness in World War I, with complications. Ellen is the only author I know who can seamlessly combine old school and new school Who canon believably, while staying true to the spirit of both. I was nervous and uncertain when I saw this crossover listed, but it works beautifully.

Lies the Color of Your Crimes by [livejournal.com profile] ficsoreal - White Collar, Peter/Neal - In which Neal tries (and fails) to lie to Peter. A little angstier than I usually go for, but very well done.

and anyone who's ever had a heart by [livejournal.com profile] liviapenn - White Collar, Elizabeth/Peter/Neal - Fabulous OT3 stretching from pre-series to well-post current canon. There really is nothing I don't love about this story.

Making Book by [archiveofourown.org profile] LJC - White Collar, Gen - OMG JUNE! I have been wanting June fic so much, and this really is everything I could have wished for.

Yin and Yang by [livejournal.com profile] therienne - White Collar/Leverage crossover, Gen - Incredibly cool concept and execution. Two independent perspectives on the same events. Each story stands somewhat on it's own, but both are required in order to see it all completely. I love that the two narratives are completely independent of each other, leaving the characters all knowing only their half of the story.

the christmas eve job by [archiveofourown.org profile] hardlygolden - Leverage, Gen - Christmas-themed fic that works. Great use of the whole team.

Evolution of a Geek by [livejournal.com profile] gumbie_cat - Leverage, Gen - Twelve year old Hardison discovers geekdom.

Behind the Scenes by [personal profile] pocketmouse - Slings & Arrows, Gen - Season one as seen through the eyes of the tech crew. Exactly the kind of thing fic is great for.

Follies by [personal profile] pocketmouse - Slings & Arrows, Gen - The cast of Hamlet do a charity performance of Hair. Gets musicals in the classics and politics in the musicals. I wouldn't want it any other way.

All That's Best of Dark and Bright by [livejournal.com profile] mmebahorel - Tom Stoppard - Arcadia, Thomasina/Septimus - Lovely and bittersweet like all fic for this play is. Marvelous dialogue every bit as witty, intricate and layered as the original.

The Smallest Chickadee by [archiveofourown.org profile] MissJess - Robert Frost - Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening, Gen - A lovely and unique alternate take on the poem, both in pov and subject.

The Conversations of Women by [archiveofourown.org profile] Aycelcus - Strangers in Paradise, Francine/Katchoo, Casey/Tambi - Wonderful, fluffy future-fic. Great attention to detail.

We Are Six by [archiveofourown.org profile] nope - Eloise/Calvin & Hobbes crossover, Gen - Eloise and Calvin have adventures. Delightfully written in the style of Eloise.

Open Beta by [archiveofourown.org profile] aristgd - Anthropomorfic, Dreamwidth/Fandom, Fandom/Livejournal - The kind of story that reminds me exactly why I love anthropomorfic. A remarkably accurate fictional representation of fandom's love affair with Dreamwidth and with Livejournal.

Delicious by [livejournal.com profile] newredshoes - Eddie Izzard Stand-Up routines - Vikings and Canadians and Nazis, oh my! Reads like it really could be an Eddie Izzard routine.

Clap, Damn You by [personal profile] naraht) - RPF - Classical Composers, Benjamin Britten/Peter Pears - Every thing I know about these guys I learned from [personal profile] naraht's posts about them. Nevertheless I was able to follow this fic with no problems at all. Witty and clever and very authentic-feeling.

Nothing Rhymes With Ignatieff But Orange by [personal profile] trouble - RPF - Canadian Politics, Gen - OMG LOVE. In which Elizabeth May runs Canadian politics from her Secret Eco-Friendly Underground Lair in New Glasgow. So. Much. Awesome.

Second Guessing by [livejournal.com profile] carlanime - RPF - Canadian Politics, Gen - Stephen Harper is plagued by self-doubt, and Peter MacKay is plagued by his crush on Stephen Harper. Unrequited love, and kittens. Well, references to kittens. Really, what's not to love!
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An Evening In by [livejournal.com profile] temaris - Georgette Heyer - Cotillian, Kitty Charing/Freddy Standen - Kitty and Freddy would so not be the hands-on parenting types. Funny and sweet.

One Sour, Two Sweet by [personal profile] jest - Georgette Heyer - The Foundling, Gen - A great slice of perfectly-characterized Gideon and Gilly friendship.

Life, Stripped of All Luxeries by [livejournal.com profile] keerawa - Lois McMaster Bujold - Chalion Series, Cazaril/Palli - Caz and Palli and the siege of Gotorget. Heartbreaking and perfect.

Last Words by [livejournal.com profile] philomytha - Lois McMaster Bujold - Vorkosigan Series, Gen - Duv Galeni burns a death offering for his aunt. Wonderful and intricate and true.

Giving Hostages to Fortune by [livejournal.com profile] desert_vixen - Lois McMaster Bujold - Vorkosigan Series, Gregor/Laisa - Gregor, Laisa and the people they consider family at the replicator-birth of their son. A quiet, lovely story.

Of Unfed Hope by [livejournal.com profile] sineala - Lois McMaster Bujold - Vorkosigan Series, Miles/Duv - Miles and Duv while imprisoned on earth by Ser Galen. I rarely read slash in this fandom, but this story worked really well for me. Just the right level of h/c.

The Rules of Barrayaran Sex by [livejournal.com profile] philomytha - Lois McMaster Bujold - Vorkosigan Series, Aral/Cordelia - A series of scenes from Aral and Cordelia's marriage. About a million types of awesome. Fabulously in character and complementary to canon.

Sworn in Silence by [archiveofourown.org profile] FloraStuart - Lois McMaster Bujold - Vorkosigan Series, Gen - A young Aral on the night of of Mad Yuri's massacre. Incredibly well done.

can't steal happiness by [personal profile] wintercreek - Laurie R. King - Mary Russell Series, Gen - Tensions between Holmes and Russell just prior to her leaving for Oxford. Lovely and well-characterized.

Where Is A Place With Which To Flee by [archiveofourown.org profile] Tami - Laurie R. King - Mary Russell Series, Gen - A fantastic take on how Alistaire and Maurice became Ali and Mahmoud.

Subverting the Dominant Paradigm by [personal profile] futuransky - Diana Wynne Jones - Chrestomanci Series, Gen - Queering the Chrestomanci-verse in subtle and really interesting ways.

Brush Contact by [archiveofourown.org profile] wild_iris - Diana Wynne Jones - Chrestomanci Series, Gen - Witch Week fic featuring Estelle and Nirupam. Wonderful characterization and great fleshing out of the world. Witch Week was always one of my favorite books in the series, and I feel like this story really illuminates what it was I always loved about this book and these characters.

Explosions by [livejournal.com profile] placebetween - Diana Wynne Jones - Chrestomanci Series, Gen - Clashes between Christopher and Gabriel = everyone else left to clean up the messes. Great premise, fabulously executed.

On Unicorns and Megalomania by [archiveofourown.org profile] kaeda - Tanya Huff - Blood and Smoke Series - Lee and Tony and Brianna Bane, fourteen year-old apprentice and complete troublemaker. Sweet and funny.

Running Out by [archiveofourown.org profile] kaeda - Tanya Huff - Blood and Smoke Series, Lee/Tony - Lee managing both denial and pining at the same time. Manages to stay just on the right side of the line between angsty and maudlin.

Smoke and Numbers by [livejournal.com profile] ruffwriter - Tanya Huff - Blood and Smoke Series - Lee/Tony - Henry is protective, Tony is insecure, and Lee gets to be the one to figure it out and save the day. *hearts*

The Outskirter's Quest by [livejournal.com profile] xylaria - Rosemary Kirstein - The Steerswoman Series, Gen - A wonderful missing scene. Well written and easily fits right into canon. More people should read these books, so that there can be even more fic about them!

(You Are) The Sky in Technicolor by [livejournal.com profile] fadeoutin - Neal Gaiman - Stardust, Tristran/Yvaine - Tristran and Yvaine post-book. Lovely and atmospheric, very much in the feel of the book.

As Their Wimsey Took Them by [livejournal.com profile] thassalia - Dorothy Sayers - Lord Peter Wimsey Series, Gen - Peter as a parent, both through his mother's eyes and his own. There needs to be more fic featuring the Dowager Duchess, I do love her so.

Five Stories the Reader Never Began by [livejournal.com profile] nextian - Calvino - If on a winter's night a traveler, Gen - I confess, I have never read this book, but it didn't hamper my enjoyment of this fic one bit. Weird and wonderful and layered and so, so meta.

If On a Winter's Night a Reader by [archiveofourown.org profile] Esteliel - Calvino - If on a winter's night a traveler, Gen - Another gleefully meta take on the book and on fandom.

Like Clockwork by [livejournal.com profile] halotolerant - Terry Pratchett - Discworld Series - Vetinari/Drumknott pre-slash - Vetinari and Drumknott pre-slashiness. Subtly complicated.
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Five Days, Five Months by [livejournal.com profile] lyssaphra - Bend it Like Beckham, Jess/Jules - A perfect imagining of the ups and downs and slow shifting of their relationship in the first five months in the US. Full of fabulous details.

Most Likely To by [livejournal.com profile] kaneko - The Breakfast Club, Brian/Bender - Fantastic future-fic primarily following Brian's life post high school. A great expansion of the world of the movie.

The Flight of the Queen by [personal profile] ranalore - Ever After, Gen - The author describes this as "clockpunk", which is a term I'd never heard before and kind of love. Whimsical and lovely extrapolation from the alternate history of the movie.

Complete Blank by [personal profile] rivkat - Grosse Point Blank, Martin/Debi - Martin and Debi's wedding. Absolutely hysterical coda to the movie, with great dialogue and a perfect Martin-pov.

A Real Grown-Up Name by [archiveofourown.org profile] fairy_tale_echo -Dirty Dancing, Frances/Johnny - A fabulous, believable future for these two. Reminded me exactly how much I love this movie.

Pointillism by [archiveofourown.org profile] Sophie - Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Ferris/Cameron/Sloane - A series of snapshots back and forth in time. I'm a great believer in the OT3-ness of this movie and this fic captures that perfectly.

all your heart-melodies by [personal profile] thingswithwings - Lilo and Stitch, Gen - Lilo's dreams change as she grows up. This is just a wonderful, layered story. Every time I reread it I pick up new details and nuances.

Could It Be Simple? by [personal profile] sharpest_asp - Indiana Jones, Indy/Marion - Because really, Indy has to have a boring, normal dig at least once in a while.

Rituals (Feathers and Flames) by [personal profile] escritoireazul - Practical Magic, Gen - Lovely, lyrical language. Captures the spirit of the movie wonderfully

It's Always Something With You by [livejournal.com profile] cimera - Bon Cop, Bad Cop, David/Martin - A series of progressively more ridiculous predicaments and some excellent pre-slashy-ness.

Les Cinq partys de Noël du détective Ward by [livejournal.com profile] the_acrobat - Bon Cop, Bad Cop, Gen - Bilingual fic of awesomeness! Captures the spirit of the movie entirely, right down to the seamless switches between French and English in the dialogue.

Thinking Like a Machine by [livejournal.com profile] doorrepairgirl - Bon Cop, Bad Cop, David/Martin - Fabulous and believable slashiness. A slow build with great characterization and snappy dialogue.
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The first six of these stories were written for me.

Mr. Yunioshi's Photographs by [livejournal.com profile] osprey_archer - Breakfast at Tiffany's, Gen - fabulous and a little heartbreaking backstory for Mr. Yunioshi. Makes the character real and complex and compelling in a way the movie never allowed him to be.

Such A Lot by [archiveofourown.org profile] BowlerHatGirl - Breakfast at Tiffany's, Gen - An interesting and unusual backstory for the character of Mr. Yunioshi, taking the grossly racist stereotypes of the movie, and offensive casting of a white actor for the role, and turning them into deliberate choices of the character.

One Day by [livejournal.com profile] isilfic - Roman Holiday, Joe Bradley/Princess Ann - A look at Joe's life in the years after his encounter with Ann in Rome, nicely grounded in the events of the time.

would still rejoice by [archiveofourown.org profile] solvent, Joe Bradley/Princess Ann - More wonderful future-fic, this one from Ann's perspective. Great characterization and an ending that left me smiling for hours.

Like Graffiti on the Walls of the Heartland by [archiveofourown.org profile] finesharp - Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown, Gen - I can't believe there's now fic for this album. Gloria in the wake of the riots, shaken, but not helpless, or hopeless.

Life is Calling by [livejournal.com profile] florahart - Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown, Gen - More wonderful Gloria fic. Makeup and graffiti and revolution. Pure awesomeness.

how you deal with everything that's out of your own control by [livejournal.com profile] eudaimon - Amanda Palmer - Who Killed Amanda Palmer, Gen - A meeting of two strangers on a train. Lovely and horrific and perfect.

A Female Occupation by [archiveofourown.org profile] featherlane - Amanda Palmer, Gen - Rape culture turned on it's head. Creepy and strange and wonderful and hopeful. (Warning for graphic description of attempted rape)

Rumors of Rain by [livejournal.com profile] teaotter - Simon and Garfunkel - The Boxer, OFC/OMC - It never would have occurred to me to write fic for this song, and yet this is wonderful. Wonderfully sketched out original characters and captures the spirit of the song perfectly.

A Perfect Honeymoon by [livejournal.com profile] delilah_joy - Some Like it Hot, Daphne/Osgood - OMG AWESOME transgendered take on the ending of the movie, in which Jerry decides to remain Daphne and marry Osgood. I love this author forever for taking these two and their relationship, and Daphne's choices, seriously.

The Worse (Or Better) For Wine By [personal profile] farasha - The Philadelphia Story, Dexter/Mike with strong implications of Dexter/Mike/Tracy - One of my favorite movies, and OT3s of all time. A fabulous story that's entirely true to the original with snappy dialogue and great characterizations

Caviar Sandwiches and Beer by [archiveofourown.org profile] clio_jlh - The Philadelphia Story, Mike/Elizabeth, Dexter/Tracy - Epistolary WWII fic. Combines one of my favorite movies with one of my favorite narrative tropes. Made. Of. Win.

The Art-Auction Racket by [personal profile] linaerys - The Sting, Johnny Hooker/Henry Gondorff - A fabulous, intricately constructed con absolutely in the spirit of the movie, with great characterization and a believable progression to the slash.

Counts, Curves and Cognac by [livejournal.com profile] cousinshelley Victor Victoria, Gen - Wonderful Victor and Toddy friendship fic.

Tomorrow Comes With No Guarantee by [archiveofourown.org profile] Grevling - Victor Victoria, Gen - Toddy in Paris after Victoria leaves. Wistful and lovely.

Down By The Schoolyard by [livejournal.com profile] delilah_joy - Paul Simon - Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard, Narrator/Julio - So. Awesome. A great, slashy explanation for the events of the song.
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It's Yuletide season!!

I couldn't let myself go to bed without getting my Yuletide recs out there. Part of the joy and challenge of Yuletide is getting recs out before the author reveal, thus the lack of authors on the recs. As such these recs are hasty and shorter than is my wont and, of course, no authors are listed. I'll edit and link back to this post after the reveal to reflect authoral attribution.

It's once again a fabulous season for the small fandoms, so fabulous that I've put my recs behind a cut for length.

ETA: Edited to include author names.

In Which A New Child Comes to the Forest by [livejournal.com profile] loligo - A.A. Milne - Winnie the Pooh books -- In which a now grown Christopher Robin brings his own son to the forest where he used to play. A lovely little story about parents and children and how we all need our own little corner of the 100 Acre Woods.

Trousers by [livejournal.com profile] kadrin - Blackadder -- A silly baudy little story that reads like it could be a lost episode from the Elizabethan years. "Lord Edmund Blackadder was concerned about the state of his tights."

Four Yules for Jane Brailsford by [livejournal.com profile] ekaterinn - Caroline Stevermer - College of Magic Series -- A glimpse of four moments in the life of Jane Brailsford. This is the kind of character-centric fic I love, just these little slices of time that cut straight to the heart of the character. Also, I love this fic just for existing. This is one of the fandoms I was really hoping would spawn fic this year.

Grown Men Do Things Together by [livejournal.com profile] kattahj - Coupling (UK) -- Jeff expounds his theory on how straight men watching straight porn together is inherintly a little bit gay. Drop-dead hilarious and the author captures Steve's voice perfectly.

Too Young, Too Old by [livejournal.com profile] vongroovy - C.S. Lewis - The Chronicles of Narnia -- What's it like to go back to being a boy when you still can distantly remember being a grown man and king? A perceptive look at the awkward place Edmund finds himself in in The Vogage of the Dawn Treader.

Faith by [livejournal.com profile] fanaticalone - C.S. Lewis - The Chronicles of Narnia -- Uncle Andrew dreams of Narnia and finds his way home. More than any other piece of Narnia fic I've ever read this story captures the spiritual feel and the faith at the heart of the books.

A Donne Deal by [livejournal.com profile] bronze_ribbons - Dorothy Sayers - Lord Peter Wimsey Series -- Peter and Harriet go to dine with the Honourable Freddy Arbuthnot and his wife Rachel. There is banter and wordplay and Donne and a little bit of a mystery thrown in.

Whither Thou Goest by [livejournal.com profile] niahm_sama - Dorothy Sayers - Lord Peter Wimsey Series -- Peter and Harriet's first Christmas together, snowed in at Talboys. A lovely evocative story that wondefully captures the feel and voices of Sayer's universe and characters.

Dear Friends and Ruin by [livejournal.com profile] mctabby - Frances Hodgsen Burnett - A Little Princess -- This is the kind of gem I look forward to finding in Yuletide. The story of Sarah's father and his friend Tom, in India and before. It's about love and friendship and the road to ruin and it's absolutely perfect.

Theseus and Ariadne Try Again by Vanzetti - Indiana Jones -- Marion Ravenwood has always been my favorite of Indy's love interests; she complements his strengths and has absolutely no time for his weaknesses. Here, Marion and Indy meet again, on the island of Crete, just in time for a German invasion. A great adventure in classic Indy style.

Even Later by [livejournal.com profile] sanj - Into the Woods -- The Ever after of the ever after. A short, perfect coda to the play.

Bed by [livejournal.com profile] jjtaylor - Laurie R. King - Mary Russell Series -- Holmes and Russell's changing relationship as shown in a series of moments on the periphery of sleep. Understated and lovely, only slightly marred by a somewhat abrupt ending.

Foolproof by [livejournal.com profile] millefiori - Lois McMaster Bujold - Vorkosigan Series -- Despite his best efforts, Ivan just can't keep himself from worrying about By Vorrutyer. The premise is a little forced but the conflicted Ivan point of view is priceless.

The Talent of Imose by [livejournal.com profile] shusu - Lois McMaster Bujold - Vorkosigan Series -- I love this story more than words can say. An Ivan-centric story that takes some of the most compelling loose ends left dangling around the Nexus and runs with them. A complex, twisty and tightly-paced plot, coupled with a stellar Ivan characterization makes this story a true delight from start to finish.

From Mathematics Further Off by [livejournal.com profile] fox1013 - Madeleine L'Engle Novels -- The mathematics of Meg's life. A lovely piece of character-exploration.

The Murmuring of Bees Has Ceased by [livejournal.com profile] gritkitty - Patrick O'Brien - Aubrey/Maturin Series -- Stephen's bees and a run in with some rather misguided French privateers make for a perfect little glimpse into Jack and Stephen's relationship and the value they place on each other.

Every Good Girl Does Fine by [livejournal.com profile] kissmeagain - Peanuts -- Every year it seems like there's one story that stands out as the piece everyone's reccing. This seems to be the one this year, and it's totally worth every rec. Yes, this really is Peanuts fic; not only that but it's the Peanuts gang all grown up. It's the story of Patty and Marcie's senior year of high school, so perfectly told I can see it all happening. They may be older but they are still utterly and completely themselves, from Patty's overdramatic gestures to Marcie's unflappable "sir"s and everything in between.

Two Must Be Twain by [livejournal.com profile] lyra_sena - Historical RPF -- It's Shakespeare/Marlow in iambic pentameter. Really, do I need to say any more?? Utterly and completely brilliant.

Istanbul (Not Constantinople) by [livejournal.com profile] widget285 - Singin' in the Rain -- Don and Cosmo in the vaudeville days. A great look at their relationship and what keeps them together, with dialogue that simply sparkles.

In Bloom by [livejournal.com profile] ladyvyola - Stage Door -- A late night conversation between Jean and Terry that could have been written by Edna Ferber herself. The dialogue is razor sharp and I can almost see Ginger Rogers and Katherine Hepburn delivering the lines.

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