JUMPING RIGHT ON AHEAD with snowflake_challengeChallenge #8: Rec at least three fanworks that you didn’t create.
Aw yeah, this is MUCH better than self-promoting. I'm just gonna dive into my AO3 bookmarks and pick out a few of the fics that I go back to reread over and over and over again. (I rarely bookmark, mostly because it doesn't usually occur to me and not because there shouldn't be lots of other excellent fics on this list, but if you want a super eclectic assortment of awesome fic in a wide variety of fandoms, this is what I've got.
Um, clearly good characterization is my bulletproof kink, because that's pretty much the only thing these all have in common. That, and longer/plottier fic, as a general rule.
IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER, by which I mean in reverse order of when I happened to bookmark them:Ordinary Numbers
James Bond (movies), James Bond/Q
Summary: More than anything, Mike Taylor wanted to be ordinary. Being a genius, he learned early in life, meant people expected too much. A career at the MI6 Help Desk seemed the perfect way to guarantee a lifetime of obscurity, until he got a very unusual tech support call.
Why I like it: it's just very clever! Tech support!Q is delightfully snarky. The slow burn of their weird friendship-into-relationship-without-
actually-meeting fills me with joy. And when the AU element finally transitions into canon, it's an excellent payoff. I reread this every time I'm in a 00Q mood, so, like...several times a year.The Buried Treasure Racket
The Sting, Henry Gondorff/Johnny Hooker
Summary: After the events of the movie, Henry and Johnny take it on the lam, and run smack into a few complications and a few revelations.
Why I like it: YES I AM RECCING A FIC FOR THE STING. I do what I want. Look, this is one of my all-time favorite movies, and I absolutely request it every single goddamn year for Yuletide, because boy howdy, if this movie had come out in the past ten years, slash fandom would've been ALL OVER IT. And this is hands down the best Henry/Johnny fic I've ever read. The characters are spot-on, the con they run is exquisitely clever, and obvs the romance is A+. This is the sequel we deserved. (And if you haven't seen The Sting, GO WATCH IT NOW. RIGHT NOW. Charming, clever con artist movie with peak Robert Redford & Paul Newman.)26 Pieces
Sherlock (BBC), Sherlock/John
Summary: Mycroft gives Sherlock the apparently simple task of solving a puzzle box containing a stolen microchip. It isn't simple.
Why I like it: Ah, the golden era of Sherlock fic, when we only had one series to go by and the actual show hadn't tanked spectacularly yet. This is a fun little mystery with excellent characterization, and a great use of the hurt/comfort trope (which is one of my faves when done right). A bit more torture than I usually prefer, but handled well and never feels like whump for the sake of whump, and I just...really like the way they write these characters.The Sparrowkeet Series
Avatar: the Last Airbender, Katara/Zuko
Summary: Ba Sing Se has fallen and Katara has been captured by the Fire Nation; a more adult take on the potential progression of S3. AU series of interconnected one-shots. Zutara.
Why I like it: This fic proves that ANY trope can be golden in the hands of a good writer. She tags it as "mildly dubious consent", which I agree with, and it's also underage (Katara is 15, Zuko 17, as per canon). Normally neither of these aspects appeal to me. This fic is the exception. Every single character feels 100% true to their canon characterization plus, you know, what actual teenagers are like (as opposed to the sanitized Nickelodeon children's TV version). Her Sokka voice, in particular, is hilarious and dead-on. And while the first fic in this series has sexual content (though not terribly explicit, IMO), honestly, the majority is about how all of these characters grow and evolve as people with the AU turn from the end of S2, and I honestly think the way she handles Aang's character arc through the final showdown with Ozai is smarter and more resonant than how the show handled it.Time To Grow
X-Men: First Class, Charles/Erik
Summary: In which you'll find chess dates which aren't dates (or maybe Charles is wrong about that). -- Based on First Class, this turns (slightly) AU during the beach scene.
Why I like it: The definitive XMFC fix-it fic. Gorgeous characterization, particularly of Charles. Just...so, so good. This is how I want to believe the movie ended.
Gonna stop there. There are so, so many more good fics out there. I should do a real reclist one of these days.