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My policy on how I do my recs (including for things like warnings and spoilers) can be found at [my policy post about my recs], for those interested.


I won the services of two podficcers, [livejournal.com profile] lunchy_munchy and [personal profile] via_ostiense, during the first round of the [livejournal.com profile] help_japan auction. And once the podfics started arriving in my inbox, I though, 'Oh, hey, wouldn't it be cool if I wrote up recs for these as they came in and as I listened to them?' The answer to that is, 'Obviously, yes!' But that raises the question: 'Did I do that?', to which the answer is obviously 'hahhahahaa, you must be new here if you think there was a snowball's chance of me following through on that.' But I'm going to count it as a partial victory, because there are still stories to be podficced, so I'm at least a little bit on top of things. Ish. Sorta? Eh, close enough!

As I starting thinking on this rec set, I noticed that there were other fanworks which just kept creeping in round the edges. And in fine Fishly fashion, I decided to roll with that. So what we have here is each podfic recorded for me paired with another fanwork(s) in some manner which I swear makes sense to me! :D I've used horizontal rules to separate each set visually because I like imposing order.




'Dear Kunsel' and 3 other sets )



'Flatmate Wanted' and 3 other sets )



'The Care and Feeding of Tiny Humans (and slightly larger Time Lords)' and 1 other set )



'World Domination Is Harder Than It Looks' and 1 other set )



'Redemption Song' and 'You're Gonna Make it After All' as well as 3 other sets )




As usual, if I've got inaccuracies, broken links, or missing info (especially podfics, DVD commentaries, and sequels/prequels), please let me know.
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Once upon a time, a long time ago, [livejournal.com profile] vibrantharmony bought my rec set services for [livejournal.com profile] help_haiti. I was given the following prompt:
begin quote Could I get a multifandom rec list? I'm into Merlin, Psych, and SGA (and Smallville and Doctor Who, from your minor list), so any combination from those fandoms would be awesome. As for a prompt, I love funny fics, not crackfic necessarily but more just amusing things or unusual situations. end quote

And here, only an age later, is that rec set. I have at least a few recs in all of the listed fandoms and I threw in some crossovers for good measure. This is mostly fic with the occasional podfic. I am very very sorry that this has taken this long to be finished! I hope you find some new friends in this batch! Thank you for your donation!


ETA: [View this entry with the cuts intact (ie: hiding things)]


Doctor Who, which also includes Torchwood and Captain Jack Harkness**: 3 fics, 1 podfic
**I treat him as his own fandom because, well, it seemed to make sense at the time :)

Witty cut text! )



Merlin (BBC): 3 fics

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Psych: 4 fics

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SGA: 2 fics, 1 podfic, 2 illustrated fics

Witty cut text! )



Smallville: 4 fics (including 1 associated podfic), 1 fic with occasional illustrations

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Crossovers solely among the given fandoms: 4 fics

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Crossovers which include other fandoms: 4 fics.
The other fandoms: Fandom RPF, Discworld, NCIS

Witty cut text! )
Podfics: [Highly Classified And Very Hush Hush (mp3)] (14.1 MB, 11:44) // [Strictly on a Need to Know Basis (mp3)] (11.5 MB, 9:36), read by [livejournal.com profile] reena_jenkins (added 4 May 2011)



Author Recs

Three authors. I wanted to rec many more things by these authors than I possibly could, so I'll call them out specifically. )

As always, if anyone spots any inaccuracies/dead links/missing info/additional transformative works (e.g., podfics, commentaries), please let me know.
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My policy on how I do my recs (including for things like warnings and spoilers) can be found at [my post about my recs], for those interested.


As promised, this set is Star Trek Reboot fic! (Um, and two TOS fics. I can't ever seem to follow my own rules, can I?) This isn't a masterlist of recs for this fandom because that would be even longer than this set is and this set is already half again as long as I had intended. Next up is Shawn/Gus (Psych)!

16 Star Trek Reboot fics and 1 ST:R/Supernatural fic )

1 Star Trek: TOS fic rec, 1 ST:TOS/SGA fic rec )
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A rash of new shows have shown up on my flist and Yuletide has begun. So how about some recs for small fandoms? And some for fandoms which aren't small but that I don't read much in. I had intended to put links to canon for the rarer ones, and to sort the recs somewhat (like keeping the fairy tale fandoms together), but this is kind of an insanely long set as is, so I decided to go see what desert was in the kitchen instead. ETA: If you saw the version before I ran spell-check, can you just pretend that you didn't see it?


20 fics, 1 pic-spam, a few podfics. Fandoms are many and varied )
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I offered recs to [livejournal.com profile] pixiequeen10thk because she's just come into SPN fandom and I've been here a while. She asked for long, plotty stories (with the occasional sex scene), happy endings are awesome (but crying on the way is permissible), prefers Dean/Castiel and is squicked by incest.

This rec list actually gave me a bit of trouble as I had less overlap between her preferences and fics I read/liked than I had expected. Part of that is I think of angels as sexless beings and thus haven't read very much Dean/Castiel (and what I do like within that pairing isn't likely to be a favourite of a D/C shipper) but another part is certainly that I seem to collect a high percentage of crack/humour in this fandom compared to fandom standard. Anyway, I hope you enjoy at least some of what I have here!

a dozen-ish fics, 1 podfic, 1 art, 3 crossovers (SGA, Criminal Minds, Blade Runner). )
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I've been watching these vids repeatedly for much of this week. It's been one of those weeks where these stupid little things keep happening and adding up and you feel redicolous by feeling put out by the whole thing, but you just really want to tear out your hair and yell a lot. So these have been comfort-vids for me right now. I don't know why, exactly, but I figure, any vid I can stand to watch somewhere between twenty-five and fifty times in a five day period I may as well rec. You needn't wait for a bad day to watch them though! I do love them even when I'm not in a mood :)

Vid: [Handlebars]
Vidder: Seah and Margie [livejournal.com profile] flummery
Song & Artist: Flobots
Fandom, Etc.: Doctor Who (Tenth Doctor, specifically), 3:27
Format: AVI, no lyrics, no captioning
Summary: I'm the Doctor. Look me up.
My Notes: This is how I see the Doctor-- yes, he's wonderful and fun but also ever so very powerful and alien. He may consider the Earth (one of) his pet planet(s) but that doesn't mean that he's not scary too.

Vid: [Four Years]
Vidder: Fabella [livejournal.com profile] wistful_fever
Song & Artist: "Life Less Ordinary" by Carbon Leaf
Fandom, Etc.: SGA, 3:44
Format: xvid avi, no captioning, no lyrics given
Summary: Four years of John loving Rodney. Rodney is a) oblivious, b) deliberately ignorant, or c) not as smart as he likes to think he is. Mckay/Sheppard. John POV.
My Notes: Oh, John and Rodney love each other so much! And then they do Atlantis things!

Vid: [The Temptation of John Sheppard]
Vidder: [livejournal.com profile] isagel
Song & Artist: "The Temptation of Adam" by Josh Ritter
Fandom, Etc.: SGA, John/Rodney, 3:46
Format: DivX AVI, DivX, streaming at BAM Video Vault, not captioned, lyrics provided at post
Summary: I never had to learn to love you like I learned to love the bomb.
My Notes: From inside John's head, we look at Rodney. Oh, I love this vid simply amazing amounts.

Vid: [Apple Candy]
Vidder: [livejournal.com profile] talitha78
Song & Artist: Apple Candy by Ben Lee
Fandom, Etc.: Star Trek Reboot, Kirk/Uhura/Spock
Format: WMV, AVI (XVid), YouTube, not captioned and no lyrics given
Summary: James T. Kirk believes in having it all.
My Notes: Everyone and their pet cat has already recced this, it really is that awesome. I love the cutting and the pacing and how well the clips are suited to telling a story along with the song. I love the longing that Kirk feels and from the looks of Uhura and Spock I'm convinced that they all end up together. (For extra fun, I quite enjoy watching this vid and thinking about where those shots were in the movie-- it gives me a sense of how one can clip things to say things other than what precisely was shown on the screen.)

Vid: [Open Secrets of the Pegasus Galaxy]
Vidder: [livejournal.com profile] yevgenie
Song & Artist: Everybody Knows -- Leonard Cohen
Summary: That's how it goes, everybody knows.
Fandom, Etc.: SGA, cast (gen), seasons 1-4, rated PG, 4:04
Format things: mp3 and mov, not captioned but lyrics included in post
My Notes: This is one of those vids I had to watch a bunch before I felt that I was understanding what the vidder was trying to do. She says "This is my love letter to Stargate Atlantis. It is also a letter about how Stargate: Atlantis drives me fucking crazy." I like it because it reminds me that the situation in Pegasus is much more complicated than the show often portrayed it and that things are not always simple and easy and such in a war zone.


I have no real idea what I'm doing with formatting these vid recs, so if you have suggestions, please let me know.

As always, if you spot any inaccuracies/dead links/missing info/additional transformative works (e.g., podfics, commentaries), please let me know.
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My policy on how I do my recs (including for things like warnings and spoilers) can be found at [my post about my recs], for those interested.


I've been sitting on this one for ages because I've been having a hard time writing up my recs for each of these. I've decided that I want this rec list out more than I want my thoughts on these stories to be coherent (I've tried for coherency, honest! I'm not sure if I actually found it.). And you can always just click on the story links if you'd rather not read my verbal flailing about. :)

This is a rec list of SGA fics that deal with being closeted in some fashion. There are more fics that deal with this theme, especially in this fandom, but these five fics taken together say something to me. Not quite sure what it is (this is how I make mix tapes/CDs, by the way. I go searching for some emotion and I put stuff together until I've achieved that emotion.).

Fic spoiler warning: While I generally attempt to not spoil the plot of the fics I rec, I can't avoid it for this list. So there are massive spoilers here. If you would like to read the fics on this list without any spoilers (beyond the fact that I've placed them on this list), here are the links to the stories: [Scenes From a Lesser War] by [livejournal.com profile] amireal, [DADT, Damyata, Dayadhvam] by [livejournal.com profile] trinityofone, [ If You Want To Kiss The Sky] by [livejournal.com profile] siegeofangels, [The Known World] by [livejournal.com profile] vanitashaze, and [Time-Keeping] by [info - personal] thingswithwings.

Recs under the cut )

As always, please let me know if I am missing anything or have any errors.
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Look what I found lying around in my 'to be posted' folder!

I have a shiny new fandom and it makes me ever so happy. So now I shall share it with you!

*offers up Leverage*

*you may commence with the ooh-ing and aaaah-ing now*

*everyone ooh's and aaah's*

The show is Ocean's 11 crossed with The A Team and Robin Hood as a TV show. If you actually know anything about the topic of the week, you'll likely find something that makes you yell at the screen 'it doesn't work like that!', but that's okay, you're not watching it for accuracy, anyway. You're watching it because there's loads of great banter and lots of silly faces.

Sidenote about episode ordering-- evidently S1 episodes were shown out of chronological order on TV, but they're in the right order on the DVDs. So depending on which scheme for numbering the episodes the author uses, an episode number might refer to one of two episodes. In cases where it's obvious which episode the author meant, I'll add the name of the episode. If I have to refer to a list of episodes to figure out the relevant episode, well, that's (a) clearly not much of a spoiler and (b) too much work. In that case, I'll just report the episode number as given by the author.

Character list/description. Cut for spoilers for 'The Lost Heir Job' (aka the episode at the end of the summer season of season 2.) )

My policy on how I do my recs (including for things like warnings and spoilers) can be found at [my policy post], for those interested.

Ten billion Leverage fics. Or maybe only 17. I'm not exactly sure, I think I lost track around number six. )

Leverage seems to get lots of crossovers. Some of it seems to be the shared last names thing (Spencer seems to be popular on TV, which gets you Psych and NCIS, at least), some of it is the "we're both running cons" thing (that gets you SPN and Psych and the Stargates*), and then there's the "we're running a con and the law notices to some degree" (which gets you every procedural show ever, plus the Stargates). And then there's whatever other crossover the author can make work.

*not that the Stargates are running cons so much as they are full of massive secrecy and bad cover stories, which just happens to smell the same as running a con.

Crossovers! SPN, SGA, and Psych. Only a half dozen thousand fics this time. (Give or take a bit) )

Hmmm, looking over this rec list I can spot some themes that evidently tickle my fancy for this show. Also, where are the longer fics? Is it just that the fandom's new (this is by far and away the earliest I've ever gotten into a fandom) and they haven't had time to be written yet, or am I not finding the longer works, or is Leverage tending to produce shorter stories?


As always, if you spot any inaccuracies/dead links/missing info/additional transformative works (e.g., podfics, commentaries), please let me know.
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WHEEE! PODFIC OF MY FIC!!!! IT IS AWESOME!!!

squee goes here. And also thoughts of hearing recipes verbally )

FYI, the non-tl;dr version is: Yay for [livejournal.com profile] juniperphoenix's [recording] of [Bread Mountain Dreams] and [Harvest Bread Recipe] from [De Re Coquinaria Pegasi]!!! (14 min, 13 MB, 1400 words)


[Originally posted] at [livejournal.com profile] fish_echo on 6 October 2009.
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Last post I recced really short podfic so it seems fitting to discuss really long podfic today. There's a sharp drop-off in number of submissions at the [audiofic archive] that are >2hours long, so I'm going to use that as my criterion for 'long'.

I like to listen to podfics mostly in one go, so it is much more difficult for me to find the time to listen to long podfics than really short ones. (Especially now that I've no longer got huge chunks of time full of mindless tasks on my hands. This is good for my brain not petrifying, but not so great from the point of view of having hours at a single go to listen to podfic.) So I've listened to less of the really long fics than I might like, especially recent ones. But I have managed to listen to some long fics, so here's some recs!

Three podfics, one SGA and two HP )

FYI: It looks like I'll be doing five days of podfic recs, so this is mid-meme! :)

[Originally posted] at [info - personal] fish-echo on 26 August 2009
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Short podfics are easy to overlook but often can be great. If you line up several of them, they're an excellent way to pass a short trip without worrying that you'll only be half-way through by the time you arrive. But I think listeners are sometimes wary of downloading the very short podfics, because the effort to length ratio is too large. So! Here's some great short podfics!

5 podfics, all under ten minutes, in SGA, Bones, Doctor Who, Discworld, Torchwood, Harry Potter, and Supernatural (yay for cross-overs!) )


[Originally posted] at [info - personal] fish-echo on 23 August 2009
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Reposting my recs from this week's [livejournal.com profile] spngenlove. I only recced a few stories due to lack of time and they've all already been posted on the comm, so I'm duplicating them here now rather than on Sunday.

Week 2 theme: Celebrating Sammy
[Link to first day of recs]

3 fics: one SPN/SGA, two SPN

Title: Younger Son
Author/Artist: [livejournal.com profile] maychorian
Rating: PG/K+
Length/Word Count: 4828 words total (in two LJ posts)
Warnings/Spoilers: no warnings, spoilers for the pilot episode of both SPN and Stargate: Atlantis.
Summary: McKay told him not to go in that room, but John Sheppard is at least half cat, with the same curiosity problem. Meanwhile, there's something in Sammy Winchester's closet.
Reccer's Comments: I've always been interested in how/why Sam decided to leave the family business and this story posits a believable reason. Plus, I'm an absolute sucker for SPN/Stargate crossovers and this is a treat with good characterisations for both shows.
Sequel/related: The author also has some great Jack O'Neill & Dean fic at her [Jackndean! tag].


These next two combined say about 95% of what I really want to say about Sam at Stanford and you should absolutely read both of them if you pay any attention to SPN at all.

Title: Nowadays
Author/Artist: [livejournal.com profile] celtic_cookie
Rating: G
Length/Word Count: 1016
Warnings/Spoilers: none, none
Summary: Sam blends in.
Reccer's Comments: Sam trying to fit in, before/during Stanford and on the road again with Dean after Stanford. This feels very real to me. I loved that the Stanford section felt a bit off and the back-on-the-road-with-Dean section felt like slowly coming home. My favourite line (which guts me every time I read it) is: Excised 'y'all' forcibly from his vocabulary and replaced it with words like 'excised'.

Title: no one knew me, look right through me (the dreams in which i'm dying are the best i've ever had)
Author/Artist: [livejournal.com profile] unperfectwolf
Rating: PG
Length/Word Count: 1600 words
Warnings/Spoilers: none, none
Summary: There are some things the kids at Stanford knew about Sam Winchester, and some they didn't.
Reccer's Comments: A lovely character study of a Sam at Stanford who hasn't shed all of his habits from the first eighteen years of his life. As the author says, "because [S]am was gone for four years, and even he's not that good of actor." Pull quote: No one knew much about Sam Winchester. They knew little bits and pieces, like that he ran every morning and worked out every evening, though never in a gym. They knew he ate like it was his last meal all the time and that he had scars in the weirdest shapes with no tale to go along with nearly any of them.
Reccer's Caveats: Mentions made of Sam dating Jess.


As always, please point out corrections/additions (especially podfics or other transformative works) to what I've written here.


[Originally posted] at [info - personal] fish-echo on August 2009
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The lovely and wonderful [livejournal.com profile] pixiequeen10thk has made me an [SGA action figure comic]! It is quite funny and you should go read it :) (It is very image heavy, so if you are on dial-up give it a bit of time. Also, there's thought-bubble shots of action figures having sex and one thought-bubble shot of a naked tush, so probably not good for reading at work.)


[Originally posted] at [livejournal.com profile] fish_echo on 5 May 2009.
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For my policy on things such as spoilers, warning, and ratings, please see [my policy post].

(This is actually the second rec set I ever put together, so it should be further back in the archives, but I accidentally overlooked it when I was importing things. Ooops.)

I'm quite enjoying myself watching random episodes of SG1. Is a bit of a change from the SGA stuff I've been dinking around with lately. And so now I shall give you recs, so you can also have a fun time! And some of them even have SG1 in them. :)

Title: The Protection Racket by Pares (aka [livejournal.com profile] kormantic). (Story also at personal fiction website)
Characters, Rating, Fandom: McKay/Sheppard, NC-17, SGA/SG1
Author Summary: He found the ad in miscellaneous: Any Job. Sliding scale.
Words: About 14,000 words.
My Summary/Review: So there's the line: O'Neill liked Carter at least as much as he liked pie—probably more! This is an awesome line, and one of the few I can pull up that doesn't completely spoil the plot. So the premise is that Rodney & Sam Carter are playing strip poker when Jack O'Neill comes in. Rodney bolts, thinking that O'Neill is going to to kill him. So Rodney goes looking for a body guard. Who of course ends up being John Sheppard. There's lots of really witty stuff and it is quite fun. (Yes, I definitely suck at this summary and review thing)
And here's more summary that tells plot points (highlight to read): [skip] Turns out John is retired Air Force-- the retired part being why he does lots of handyman jobs. But he knows O'Neill and thus knows that O'Neill isn't going to be murdering Rodney. So he figures that he'll let Rodney have his spazz-out for a while. John and Rodney end up sexing at some point. SG1 tracks Rodney down because they've found an Ancient artifact of some sort. This bit is fun because (a) John is actually doing his body guarding gig (he rushes out when he hears the door open, even though he'd been in the shower) and thus (b) "Major Sheppard?" O'Neill said eventually. "That you?" "Yes, sir." "I didn't place you right away." "Well, usually I'm wearing pants, sir." John accidentally touches the random Ancient artifact and thus, *bing* re-instated and heading to Atlantis.

Title: Research by [livejournal.com profile] jadesfire2808
Character, Rating, Fandom: Ronon, G, SGA
Length: Drabble
Warnings/Spoilers: None
My summary: Ronon's reaction to Earther inside jokes.
My review: Go clicky! It's short and worth your time! Usually when I'm reading, I'm looking to immerse myself in another world. Longer pieces are better for this, so I often skip drabbles. I skipped over this one several times, but I'm glad I finally clicked on it. It is a quiet and very insightful look at Ronon. Spoilers follow: [skip] When I read this line "...with the same single-mindedness that he uses to hunt Wraith". I was almost jerked out of the story. I thought to myself, 'Now, surely, that's an exaggeration! That doesn't make any sense. Why would that be true?' But she answered it beautifully and believably in the final sentence: "He had too many years without laughter before he came to Atlantis, and now, Ronon doesn't want to miss any of it". Very well-done.

Title: That Which Does Not Kill Us by [livejournal.com profile] liketheriverrun
Rating, Fandom, Charaters: T, SGA, Team plus a smidge of Woolsey
Category: Slash, humor, graphic novel
Word Count: 9 pages, so dialup users beware.
Spoilers: Anything up through The Seed
Author's Summary: The inspiring tale of a team strengthening their bond through group therapy (aka, five secrets about the team that came out in therapy)
My summary/review: Awesome, awesome, awesome! Absolutely worth the wait for the images to load :)


Hmmm, that ended up being way more SGA than I was intending. I guess that's what I get for putting both Stargate universes in the same folder....

As per usual, if I've got inaccuracies, broken links, or missing info (especially podfics, DVD commentaries, and sequels/prequels), please do let me know.

[Originally posted] at [livejournal.com profile] fish_echo on 25 October 2008.
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For my policy on things such as spoilers, warning, and ratings, please [see my policy post]; however, note that I have not reread these stories when importing this post, so while I think none of these stories have spoilers or other items which readers might like to know about before reading, I do not swear that it is so.

After I [posted] an SGA Happy/Fuzzy rec list last week yonks ago, I realised that I had left a bunch of really good fics off of it, due to simple forgetfulness. I've attempted to fix this somewhat in this (multi-fandom) rec set, but in the process I've realised that I have lots of good happy fics to rec and that I'll need more than two LJ posts to list them all. So I've restricted myself here somewhat arbitrarily to fics (a) that I don't see as also belonging to one of the other rec lists I have in prep and (b) that meet some subconscious criteria (which if I knew what it was I'd tell you *looks on in bafflement at the workings of her own brain*).

I haven't put a 'why this story belongs on this rec set' line on these recs because for these stories the 'My notes' section contains that. Or sometimes simply the author's summary is explanation enough.

As always, let me know if there's missing podfics/commentaries/etc, broken links, inaccuracies, etc., and feel free to drop more fics in the comments.


Here are more fics that make me laugh or that make me feel warm and fuzzy inside:

Harry Potter, 1 story (Draco/Hermione, Harry/Ginny) )

House, 2 stories (both House/Wilson) )

Stargate: Atlantis, 7 stories, (gen, het, slash) )

Angel the Vampire Slayer, 1 story (Spike/Connor) )

Torchwood, 1 story, (gen) )

Captain Jack Harkness, 2 stories, (Jack/cheese) )

[Originally posted] at [livejournal.com profile] fish_echo on 3 April 2009.
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For my policy on things such as spoilers, warning, and ratings, please [see my policy post].

Here's a bit of meta on the topic of RPF and some fic recs.

RPF (real person fanfiction) kind of freaks me out. I know that the stories are fake, made up, pretend. That they're based off of the public persona and then filtered through the author's brain. I know all of this. It doesn't stop it from being really weird for me to read RPF-- the back of my brain is screaming the whole time: this is a real person. I suppose it's related to the part of my brain that had issues with me initially reading fanfic written in universes with actors (I've never had issues with fanfic where the canon is solely textual-- they're the canon author's mental playthings and now they're ours because we've read the books too. Regardless of if we write about them, we were going to be thinking about them anyways, so may as well put the words on the page. *derails this discussion* nb: this is not discussing the *legal* complexities of fanwork)-- because actors actually exist! And one of the things that can squick me out when reading fanfic based on live-action canon is too-true physical description (especially in a sexual context... When CharacterA is lusting after CharacterB's wrists or elbows or whatnot, there's the voice in the back of my brain going 'ummm, real person!')-- it simply feels like an invasion of privacy to me. So generally I've steered clear of RPF. But as I'm sure you know, even if you are avoiding reading something in fandom, you'll run across it eventually and then just sort of randomly read it.

But I have discovered that there's a few ways I can read RPF and not be squicked out by it:

  1. If I have no idea who the real people are, this bothers me less-- because then (as far as my mind knows) this is simply a fictional story with fictional people set in the present-day. (But then I do the canon-osmosis thing and then it sometimes starts being weird again.)
    1. The story has to stand entirely on it's own without knowing the 'canon'.
  2. If the rating is somewhere around PG-13-- keep the sex off-screen and keep the laudatory physical descriptors minimal-to-nil-- because then it feels less voyeuristic.
    1. If there is explicit-ness in the story, I'll likely skim over it or skip it entirely, so it cannot be crucial to plot.
  3. It's a cross-over into something clearly not of the real world-- Buffy/Angel, Farscape, Stargate, etc., etc., etc., because then it's clearer to my brain that the entire thing is fiction and thus I can treat the RP as fictional people. (Oh is there an RPF/Valdemar or Pern crossover anywhere? Because the reactions of the RP could be awesome!)
  4. If it uses a plot device that I love. Because I'm willing to venture into scary RPF-land for the sake of a damn good trope. (Some day I might well list the plot devices I love, but this entry is long enough already.)


Hmm, *ponders* evidently this translates roughly to 'I'm okay with RPF when I can pretend it's original fiction'.

To my surprise, I've come across RPF fics that I can read without hitting the back button. I haven't really been looking for them, so I don't know how exactly I've found these, but all's well that ends well! And if you know of other good RPF fics that you think might meet some of these criteria, then let me know :)

RPF fics I like despite being wigged out by RPF:

SGA RPF/SGA crossover, 1 fic/podfic )

Supernatural RPF, 1 fic )

6 American Idol RPF fics, including 1 podfic and 1 cross-over with Merlin )

[Originally posted] at [livejournal.com profile] fish_echo on 6 March 2009.
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For my policy on things such as spoilers, warning, and ratings, please [see my policy post].

Because I [just did] a sad rec list, I feel the need to give a happy rec list. I'm beginning to think that I should really give in and get a delicious account so I can tag things to my heart's content. However, that sounds like a lot of work and I don't like work! So for the moment I shall continue pretending that delicious doesn't exist.

Like last time, these are all SGA. Unless otherwise stated, these are gen, tame in ratings, and only 1 LJ post long. Oh, and if you have other fics (any fandom) that you think belong in this sort of list, feel free to drop things in the comments! I think I've got links to all the podfics, but if I missed any, please do let me know.

So, in no particular order, I present funny stories/stories that make me happy the vast majority of the time:

eleven stories, cut because it's *really long* otherwise )

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I really love the following stories and they can almost always be guaranteed to make me happier, so I clearly had to include them on the happy-making list. But they actually have plots and things! So they're a bit different than the ones above. These are all John/Rodney, some form of AU, and 2 LJ posts long:

Story: Small Primes and Square Roots
Author: [livejournal.com profile] liviapenn
Podfic: Does not exist, even though I wish it did. :(
Summary: "I hope you picked someone really intelligent, otherwise it seems like it would be kind of a waste. Of incubation time, if nothing else."
My Notes: The one where Jeannie chose John to donate sperm, then gets killed in a car accident, so Rodney adopts her daughter. John looks up Jeannie before heading off to Antarctica and ends up pen-pals with Rodney. Really, really sweet. I lost the link to this for a while and was really happy when I found it on someone's rec list.

Story: Mau Loa Means the Time We Have
Author: [livejournal.com profile] gaiaanarchy
Summary: AU in which John never gets to Antarctica. He and Rodney meet anyway.
My Notes: Takes place on Hawaii. The characterisation is very well-done and the story is very sweet, but I am not quite sure I can explain exactly *why* I love this story so much (clearly I am the despair of my Literature teachers), just that it is better than the sum of its parts. :)

Story: Strangers on a Six Train
Author: [livejournal.com profile] eye_queue
Summary: No summary given.
My Notes: So Rodney works as a prof at NYU and takes the train (subway?) to work. On one claustrophobic day John talks him out of a panic-attack. Flirting eventually ensues. And there's even a phone call to Jeannie (who is mostly-somewhat-kinda estranged but not really) and their relationship/relationship-fail is very awesomely done-- it walks the line between caring and dysfunctional-but-trying, and Jeannie gives good advice without being some deus ex machina... There's the line: A minute later, he called her back to apologize and ask how she was, because she was his sister and he loved her, and he was working on changing that bad habit he had of screwing things up with people he cared about which defines this Rodney for me (and also exhibits the author's grasp of language-- so very lovely!). Please to be disregarding the part where I spent most of my review talking about Jeannie-- John is there! I promise!


I shall stop now. This list is getting slightly ridiculously long.

And any of these which currently lack podfics I think would be awesome podfics. *hints to the internet at large*

ETA3 (3 Apr): Part two of this list [has finally been posted]

ETA1 (8 Feb): I may have spent nearly a week assembling this list and I still managed to leave fics off of it. Grrr! And I've thought of enough others at this point that I'll be just making another post in a bit (probably another week). And any fics that get left off of that list will have to wait, because I want to do a different themed rec list next (either 'sentient objects/Atlantis' or 'bait and switch'). I'll put a link here to the happy recs (cont.) post, whenever it does go up.
ETA2 (31 Mar): Wow, I still haven't posted the second edition of this list. Do I rock or do I rock, N/N? It is in the works, though, I promise! In actual news, I have begun updating this list with info (eg, wordcounts).


As per usual, if I've got inaccuracies, broken links, or missing info (especially podfics, DVD commentaries, and sequels/prequels), please do let me know.

[Originally posted] at [livejournal.com profile] fish_echo at 5 Feb 2009

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