meretricula: (fandom librarian)
I swear somebody actually asked for this! also, there's a lot of dom/sub dynamic stuff in this pairing and especially in this rec set (sometimes formalized, sometimes not), so if that's not your thing maybe steer clear. I'm into it (also, I think it makes a lot of sense... oh Tyler, you just need someone to look after you better), but if you want more vanilla recs lemme know and I'll see what I can do!

gonna have to ask about (6783 words) by ferrassie
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jamie Benn/Tyler Seguin
Characters: Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn, Jordie Benn, Valeri Nichushkin
Additional Tags: Time Travel, Bodyswap

This is not Tyler’s apartment. He has no idea how he got here or who he’s sleeping beside, face hidden in the pillow. He’s been sitting up long enough to wake him, though.

“Tyler,” he says, voice muffled and rough with sleep. “You awake?” He looks up with half-lidded eyes, dark hair a mess.

texas heat (9738 words) by Rest
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Jamie Benn/Tyler Seguin

He can't pretend getting traded didn't gut him. He gave that city his all, and some part of him really thought it was going to be a for-life thing. But he can see, now, that Boston wasn't actually that good for him. Dallas is giving him a chance to be better.

He doesn't think being better includes creeping on his dog walker, but whatever. Nobody's perfect.

Wanted (2852 words) by rsadelle
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Jamie Benn/Tyler Seguin
Characters: Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - BDSM

Jamie's met Tyler before, seen pictures of him, knows he's an uncollared sub, but he's not prepared for the force of that in a friendly personal situation. Tyler isn't submitting, exactly, when Jamie opens the door, but there's a vulnerability to him that wasn't there at All-Star Weekend, and the v-neck he's wearing makes his bare throat stand out like a beacon.

settle down, it'll all be clear (2002 words) by hapakitsune
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Tyler Seguin/Jamie Benn
Characters: Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin
Additional Tags: Power Dynamics, Plot What Plot/Porn Without Plot

It just felt right, going up to Tyler's place instead of his own.

take me now and shelter me (2686 words) by sabrina_il
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jamie Benn/Tyler Seguin
Characters: Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - BDSM, Light Dom/sub, Oral Sex, Come Shot, Praise Kink

The first time Tyler asks Jamie if he can suck his dick, Jamie freaks out a little.

meretricula: Rrrrrrafa Nadal! (whatever)
highlights of the Hockey RPF Holiday Exchange for [ profile] khoshgeleh_16 -- I hope they prove useful! *hugs*

Game Plan (10281 words) by thehoyden
Summary: Unlike Nealsy, Evgeni can cook his own food when he has it. He’s perfectly capable of making breakfast. His kitchen is well-equipped, and he’s got some good basic cooking skills down. In short, he is not going to starve to death if left to his own devices.

None of this seems to matter to Sid.
Notes: I am a total sucker for a story with food in it. This is a typical fluffy [ profile] thehoyden get-together fic, and it's delightful.

let your heart be light (3231 words) by ohtempora
Summary: They're still doing better than the Sabres. The Sabres have two games in hand.
Notes: Dumb Oilers babies being dumb should not still be entertaining at this point, but ah well. It kind of is.

the courtship of patrick kane (9673 words) by hazel
Summary: “Well,” Kaner says finally. “If you want to keep cockblocking me with the ladies, you’re gonna have to make it worth my while.” He’s smirking like it’s a challenge, like he knows Jon can’t ever let a challenge drop, and that’s it. That’s how Jon realises that he’s totally, completely, embarrassingly head-over-heels in love with Patrick fucking Kane.

Take a(n Espresso) Shot and (French) Press Yourself Against Me (12742 words) by knew_her_when
Summary: James is a terrible barista, Paul is a grad student who snarks about his coffee but keeps coming back
(That's word-for-word the request I chose and the best summary one could write.)

Bending with the Road (11746 words) by VampireSpider
Summary: “Booked a hotel in Charlotte,” James says as they’re getting into the car. “Should take us about seven hours to get there if the traffic’s not too bad.” He glances up to meet Paul’s eyes and grins a little. “Unless we get distracted along the way.”
Paul rolls his eyes. “Or you get us lost,” he says.
James has a schedule. Paul has places to be.
Notes: I AM STILL SO UPSET ABOUT THIS FIC GIVING ME ALL THESE FEELINGS. But in a good way, I think? I just get so mad at the thought of things not working out perfectly for these two morons. They'll probably be all right anyway.

Stars Apart (13331 words) by Java_Genie
Summary: It’s easy for Geno to imagine how things could better, out in the black. He’s read all the comic books and seen all the movies about the people who leave the core behind and find a second life, a better life, as pioneers and outlaws on the frontier of space. It means opportunity—the chance to scrub yourself clean of all the bad names and mean labels the core gives people born to parents not rich enough, smart enough or brave enough.
But Sid, he was born with all the right labels—and Geno can’t think of a single thing Sid could find out among the stars that he couldn’t have here at home.

Close to Water (2122 words) by derryderrydown
Summary: "I was wondering." Sid cleared his throat and looked awkward, and Geno had a moment of dread over what horror Sid was going to ask of him, before Sid said, in a rush, "Do you want to go canoeing?"
Notes: "Canoeing" ahahahahaha oh god.

semantic shift (10852 words) by neros_violin
Summary: “He asked what some of the words meant, on the signs, what they yell. I told him. He’s a fan of Princess Sidney, especially.”

Bluehawk (16860 words) by aohatsu
Summary: Jo sleeps with Kaner for the second time when she’s twenty-one and gets drunk off her ass in a bar in Vancouver.
Notes: I don't see a lot of girl!Tazer fic, and I quite liked this one!

make you a believer (7924 words) by Katarin
Summary: PK pretends he and Carey are dating, without telling Carey. It's Christmas with the Subbans!
Notes: I already yelled at everyone to read this on Twitter, but just in case somebody missed that, EVERYONE GO READ THIS FIC IMMEDIATELY. Everything about it is perfect. PK's cheerful attitude towards casual sex. His relationship with everyone in his family, especially his mom. Carey's relationship with everyone in PK's family, especially Malcolm. PK's inevitable oblivious tromping over Carey's heart. Yes. Glorious.

we're so close to something better left unknown (10431 words) by sesame_seed
Summary: Prompt 1: Blackhawks, Toews/Kane, power imbalance - it could be teacher/student, bodyguard/witness, even assassin/target - I'd just really like a fic where Toews absolutely should not give in to his feelings for Kane, but he does anyway.
Notes: The summary sucks, the fic is great, please do not be put off. It's about fixing a power imbalance, not taking advantage of it.

Space Kaner (2991 words) by celli
Summary: Patrick has an extra toe from an unfortunate accident as a child and an inconvenient crush on his commanding officer. It gets worse from there.
Notes: Womp womp STAR TREK AU yeah that's right.

Banned (10674 words) by Vitula
Summary: “Temporarily banned by mod taz3r: misleading use of geography,” reads his third ban of the month.
Kaner stares at his phone's screen for a long moment before angrily muttering, “but it fucking is Winterpeg.” He's not sure if this is more or less embarrassing than the time Jonny banned him from the hockey forum for unsporting conduct for insulting Canada's Olympic candidates.

Hate to see you go (4128 words) by littlemissaily
Summary: ... love to watch you leave.
Carey does not want a piece of that ass, okay? He just admires a man who looks good in a suit.
meretricula: (fandom librarian)
it's the best time of the year!!! I finally got my dear yulegoat letter up, if anybody else is like me and likes to read the requests before assignments even come out and speculate about the fic that may be written this year.

also in this post, because why not: my dear friend [ profile] orangecrush1189 asked me a while ago for recs that might be good for someone who's never seen a vid before. I thought about that a lot, since thinking about vids is one of my favorite things, natch. idk if there's a best way to ease someone into vids, but I think one of the major barriers to understanding them is not having the visual vocabulary to pick up what any given vid is trying to do without external prompting? so I decided that maybe it would make sense to show someone a few good examples of the more common types of vids -- as soon as you realize they're not all the same and they don't all use the same vocabulary, it gets way easier! (for most things, anyway. there's plenty of vids out there that I still don't really get.) if y'all have suggestions for different ways to introduce a friend to the fine art of vid appreciation, I'd love to hear them too!

vid recs by type, mainly BtVS, Teen Wolf, FNL and Community )
meretricula: (fandom librarian)
I made it! Thirty days of recs! But I couldn't fit everything I wanted to in, so here's all the sets I started and didn't manage to finish. (Forgive me for not writing notes for everything -- I'm sleepy, and there's a lot of them.) I hope you guys enjoyed September Recs! And if you ever want recs for something from me, well, it doesn't have to be September for you to ask. ;)

The Hunger Games
Embers, by [ profile] dayln03 [Katniss]
To the Victor, The Spoil, by Annakovsky [Katniss/Haymitch]
Come away to the water, by LLenkaLL [Katniss]

Sentinel AUs
Back to back (they faced each other), by [ profile] harrycrewe [Hawaii Five-0, Steve/Danny]
Right on the Limits, by [ profile] thehoyden [Hockey RPF, Sid/Geno]
Oldest Story In The World, by elyssblair [Eureka, Jack/Nathan]

Women on Roaring Rampages of Revenge (for [ profile] idhren24)
Blow, by [ profile] elipie [Revenge, Emily+Nolan]
Brush Your Shoulders Off, by [ profile] elipie [Matilda, Matilda+Miss Honey]

Body art (for [ profile] idhren24, recced with the caveat that if you're not into this kink, I wouldn't bother with the fic)
Written in the Scars, by [ profile] zanzibar [Hockey RPF, Ebs/Hallsy]
The Taste Of Sweat And Metal On His Tongue, by slythatheart [Teen Wolf, Stiles/Danny]
The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective Con Men, by OnYourMark [White Collar, Peter/Neal/Elizabeth]

Time loops (for [ profile] idhren24)
Time in a Bottle, by [ profile] astolat [Stargate: Atlantis, John/Rodney]
Ho'oponopono, by [ profile] ember_firedrake [Hawaii Five-0, Steve/Danny]
A Vision Too Removed To Mention, by [ profile] pocky_slash [Torchwood, Ianto+Gwen, Ianto/Jack]
all of those shots you didn't take, by dimbleby [Hockey RPF, Sid/Geno]

women in sports, non-RPF edition (for [ profile] ladytelemachus)
Whatever It Takes, by [ profile] fan_eunice [Bend It Like Beckham]
Firework, by leanwellback [Whip It]
5 Games Jess Played In, by [ profile] grim_lupine [Bend It Like Beckham, Jess/Jules]
New In Town, by [ profile] bop_radar [Whip It, Bliss/Pash via my tinhatted slash goggles]

hockey not-quite-rarepairs
Can't Stop (If You Don't Start), by VampireSpider [James Neal/Paul Martin]
You Could Have My Heart (Or We Could Share It Like the Last Slice), by [ profile] distira [Tyler Seguin/Brad Marchand]
Nothing Worth Knowing, by [ profile] beatperfume & [ profile] shoemaster [Andrew Ladd/Ryan Kesler]
Warm Us From Within, by katarin (Bobby Ryan/Ryan Getzlaf)

Bechdel test pass: femslash edition
Devotion, by [ profile] charmax [Xena: Warrior Princess, Xena/Gabrielle]
The Book of Love, by [ profile] such_heights [Merlin, Gwen/Morgana]
Non Lievi Alchun, by [ profile] halcyon_shift [Merlin, Gwen/Morgana]
Come On, by [ profile] halcyon_shift [Vampire Diaries, Elena/Caroline/Bonnie]
Resolution, by [ profile] meltingconfetti [Glee, Quinn/Rachel]
meretricula: (fandom librarian)
Second-to-last day of September Recs! Oh dear. Well, my quest to incept the few of you remaining who haven't surrendered to your dark overlords of hockey fandom continues, I guess. I usually go for the big pairings first in fandoms I don't know the canon for, on the grounds that it's easier to absorb the fanon that way, but theoretically you could also go the opposite route and try out rarepair fic, since it generally assumes there is no established fanon to recognize anyway. A lot of these fics feature people I'd never heard of before I started reading, and I liked them anyway! I consider that a pretty strong endorsement.

young punks takin' shots, strippin' down to dirty socks, by [ profile] hanet [Sam Gagner/Nail Yakupov]
A very old plotline -- I'm gay, you're gay, we're both closeted, let's make sweet love since we have no other options -- that's refreshed with a charmingly frank POV and the oddest, most perfect details. Nail can't drink because he's Muslim! Jizz socks! Nuge looking like a gay porn centerfold! Went in not knowing who Gags or Nail was, came out shipping them like the Titanic.

If the Right One Came Along, by [ profile] hapakitsune [Kris Letang/Marc Staal]
Nominally this is the sequel to a Sid/Geno fic, but I don't think any prior knowledge is really necessary except that Kris and Marc both played small mentoring roles in Sid's great homosexual awakening. I think the story would actually work without any connection to hockey fandom at all, as just a very lovely slow build romance set mostly in New York City. The hurricane forcing them into a situation where they finally admit their feelings is maybe a bit cliche, but it works; it's a very New York story.

don't think I'm coming home, by [ profile] 12ways [Curtis Hamilton/Josh Nicholls]
These aren't even NHL players; I guarantee you, nobody has heard of them, so don't worry. They're baby hockey players, and they're so cute, and so in love in a very bro sort of way. It's an adorable story guaranteed to give you feelings.

Fall Down At Your Door, by [ profile] level3puckbunny [Ryan Nugent-Hopkins/Nail Yakupov]
Meet-cute with a slightly implausible level of yenta-ing from a variety of side characters, but if you're willing to suspend your disbelief it's adorable!

A Month of Sundays, by Kelfin [Erik Johnson/Gabe Landeskog]
Warning right off the bat that this is still a WIP, but if I have to suffer while I wait for it to be finished so can you. And it's really, really good so far, with an eye for the details of Midwestern Christian life that's sometimes funny and sometimes absolutely brutal. I personally adore Gabe Landeskog (Swedish Prince of My Heart) and always want him to have nice things, but more than that this story makes me want for things to be okay for Erik. I genuinely just want to hug him at this point and tell him he deserves to be happy. (Author, if you are reading this, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE finish soon, I can't take this heartbreak anymore.)
meretricula: (fandom librarian)
I'm so sleepy, and yet I also really want to make chocolate cookies! But instead I am here making a post for September Recs, such is my dedication to the cause. [ profile] idhren24 asked for crossovers, but I'm not super into crossover fic, so I have decided to interpret this as crossover vids! I had a time and a half getting the list of my favorite crossover vids down to just five, let me tell you. So many delightful vids out there!

The Lightning Strike, by [ profile] obsessive24 [Kings, Merlin, Alexander]
An absolutely masterful job marrying together the stories of David and Jonathan, Merlin and Arthur, and Alexander and Hephaistion. I've never seen a vid that used external sources like this -- the slow pan around the Michelangelo statue of David was especially cool! And the way the cinematography is used to point out parallels is really stunning, too. Every time I watch the clip of Hephaistion's ring falling and then Arthur's torch, I get chills.

I Enjoy Being A Girl, by [ profile] absolutedestiny [Alias, Buffy, Veronica Mars, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly]
I think this is one of the more accessible vids I've ever watched; I remember trying to show my mom a few vids several years ago, and this is the only one she really "got". You don't have to be fully conversant in the idiom of vidding to appreciate girls kicking ass! I really enjoy that Veronica Mars is included, even though she doesn't kick ass in the conventional manner. Intellectual ass-kicking still counts!

Needs, by [ profile] tearful_eye [Hero, House of Flying Daggers, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Memoirs of a Geisha]
The cinematography! SO GORGEOUS.

Starships, by [ profile] bironic [Scifi Films and Television]
This is possibly the best vid to work out to that I've discovered so far. So bouncy! So inspiring! So full of spaceships! The external shots of various ships are total nostalgia bait and they work, god damn it. Now I'm having feels about all the Star Trek series.

Destiny Calling, by [ profile] charmax [Superhero Films]
This was made in 2006, before the explosion of Marvel comics movies, and I think it's really interesting to see all the superhero movies that show up here! And it's [ profile] charmax, so the fact that the technical details and artistic vision of the vid are amazing goes without saying. Love how seamlessly animated source material is integrated into live action.
meretricula: (fandom librarian)
Everyone loves a good Regency Romance, right? I'm so pleased that [ profile] mardia suggested I do a set of Regency AUs. The subsequent Twitter debate over which hockey players to cast in retellings of my favorite Heyer novels (Cotillion: Sid is Kitty, Geno is Freddy, Nealsy is Dolph and Paulie is Hannah; Friday's Child: Hallsy is Hero, Ebs is Sherry; The Masqueraders: AGally is Prudence, BGally is Robin and Prusty is Sir Anthony) is delightful and still ongoing. Ironically, however, I have elected not to put any hockey fic in this set, because we need to branch out a little. XD

A Matter of Inconvenience, by [ profile] astolat [American Idol RPF, Adam Lambert/Kris Allen]
A Civil Contract is the WORST HEYER; do not read it. WE WERE ROOTING FOR YOU, LYNTON. WE WERE ALL ROOTING FOR YOU. HOW DARE YOU?!?! Ughhhh Jenny deserved so much better. That said, for some reason fandom loves rewriting A Civil Contract? And the rewrites are generally much more delightful than the original. This is number one! Thoroughly entertaining, as one might expect of [ profile] astolat.

Cursed at First, But Mended, by Lake [The Eagle, Esca/Marcus]
Marriage of convenience is such a great trope. And Marcus remains the woobie of my heart forever and ever amen, God bless.

Forever Can Never Be Long Enough, Or The Earl Of Epsom Takes A Husband, by torakowalski [The Social Network RPF, Jesse Eisenberg/Andrew Garfield]
And A Civil Contract rewrite number two! It's been a while since I read this but I remember really enjoying it, especially the characterization of Jesse's little sister.

Regency AU, by Leyna [Stargate: Atlantis, Rodney McKay/John Shepard]
A thoroughly creative name, I know. But I clicked on the title while I was poking through the Alternate Universe - Regency tag, and I fell in love. What a beautiful painting! I don't think I've really recced art before, but this one is great.

The Courtship of Mr. Bond, by marlowe_tops [Skyfall, Bond/Q]
On the one hand, wildly out of character (errs on the side of woobification). On the other, DELIGHTFUL.
meretricula: (fandom librarian)
Wow, September is almost over. Noooo, September! Stay longer! I'm going to have to do something writer-ly for October to get in shape for [ profile] yuletide and I'm just not ready for that yet. Anyway! [ profile] dreamofthem asked for friendship fic, so here we go...

Fortunate Son, by [ profile] astolat [American Idol RPF, David Cook+David Archuleta]
David Cook and David Archuleta get stranded in the wilderness together and have to rely on each other to survive. This is one of the more realistic lead-ins to the kind of codependency that shows up in platonic friendship fic -- Cook and Archie just went through an incredibly traumatic experience together, of course they don't want to be apart when they return to civilization. There's a slash sequel which I enjoy very much, but I like that this fic is pure friendship fic.

That Awkward/Awesome Moment, by [ profile] wistful_fever [Community, Troy+Abed]
True bromance is visible even when you can't hear the words.

His Majesty's Dragon, by Naomi Novik [original]
Ok this is maybe cheating but if you like friendship fic you really, really, really need to read the Temeraire books, because they are basically friendship fic turned up to eleven. The entire plot revolves around how much Laurence and Temeraire love each other and cannot bear to be separated even for the good of the nation. Like, if an Austen novel were written about a man and his dragon, that would be the Temeraire series, and the scene where Laurence finally admits to himself and Temeraire that he would rather leave his entire life behind than lose Temeraire is seriously Darcy's-second-proposal level of OH GOD MY FEELS. I have a .pdf of the first book that the publisher was distributing for free as a promotional thing and I will share it with anyone who can't make it to the library to check out a physical copy. (After the first book you're on your own, though. I have paid for all eight books so far, four in hardcover, and JE NE REGRETTE RIEN. Give Naomi your money so she can write us more books!)

Rely On You, by [ profile] rsadelle [Hockey RPF, Tyler Brown+Tyler Seguin]
Oh, Segs. :( As fond as I am of the Tylers as a romantic pairing, there's something that really gets me about Brownie being there for Segs throughout all his disastrous drama just because he loves him and wants him to be happy, despite having zero interest in him as a sexual being. (I already recced Love in Fast Forward for similar reasons, and if you didn't click on it the first time round you really, really should. The scene where Jeff is having a slow but inevitable meltdown because he's closeted and lonely and Mike grumpily cuddles him so he won't be touch-starved anymore kills me every time.)

Flying Blind, by scintilla10 [Code Name: Verity, Julie/Maddie]
I was struggling to come up with a fifth rec for this theme and upset that it was such a sausage fest, and then I realized that I literally could not think of a single fic that presents female friendship the way the platonic friendship trope is handled in fic: as love that isn't sexual but is overwhelmingly important, more so than any other relationship is those characters' lives, to the point where actions that are usually coded as romantic are seen as normal displays of friendship. And that is bullshit, guys, because women are every bit as capable as men of sustaining deep, meaningful, nonsexual friendships with each other. And then I went poking at the Friendship tag on the AO3 and got angrier and angrier about how impossible it was to find a story like the three fics I just recced but about women. (Please rec me some. I'm like 95% sure there must be some Clint+Natasha SUPER INTENSE DRAMA FRIENDSHIP CUDDLING fic that I just couldn't find.) Long story short go read Code Name: Verity by Elizabeth Wein, because it is beautiful and Julie and Maddie's relationship is the stuff of which a thousand thousand slashfics should be born, and then come back and read this fic. (I'm cheating because this is indeed a slashfic, not friendship fic. But it's friends to lovers and they spend most of the story being friends and most of you probably need to read the book first which IS just friendship so whatever I'm calling it a night.)
meretricula: (fandom librarian)
I have this whole thesis on how vidding is really kind of a form of choreography (music! motion! telling stories!) which I will spare you for the time being, except to say that I think dance vids, when done right, are kind of the purest form of vidding and are also AWESOME. And this vid was doing the rounds on Twitter a little while ago, which made me think of seeing what others I could dig up!

Dancing at the Movies, by guidomito [various fandoms]
A fabulous compilation of dance clips from all sorts of sources! I don't recognize all of them (and some of them I recognize now but didn't when I downloaded the video -- [ profile] aramley has made me watch Mary Poppins and Singing in the Rain since then, haha) but it's not really a vid that needs context. It's a dance!

I Wanna Dance, by [ profile] jarrow [Glee]
DANCING LESBIANS! I have a lot of feelings about Brittany/Santana, considering I've only seen about half a season of Glee. And the dancing is really perfectly handled as well as the shippy theme! [ profile] jarrow is always great with matching motion to music.

Boom Boom Ba, by [ profile] charmax [Xena]
I'm stretching my definition of what a "dance vid" is by including this -- there's definitely dancing, but it's the slow, sexy kind. It's not a Club Vivid sort of vid, that's for sure, but I love it.

Party Hard, by Phiz [Community]
Who knew there was so much dancing in Community? I love the clips of Troy and Britta on stage, and I crack up every time I watch Jeff doing his weird routine in his underwear with the pool cue. PERFECTLY matched to the music.

Dance Across the Floor, by [ profile] littleheaven70 [Scrubs]
Another source where I never realized there was enough dancing to make a whole vid about it! Oh, Scrubs. Nostalgia city.
meretricula: (fandom librarian)
Today is a day to appreciate PK Subban and Carey Price and all the joy they bring to our lives -- especially [ profile] mardia's, since she was the one who told me to post this set today! Here's to you, adorable goofball and supernaturally attractive dimpled one. We love you very much.

It's Complicated, by katarin
Feelings, feelings, ALL MY FEELINGS, behold the fic that made me ship this with the fire of a thousand dying stars. Carey! And his horrible insecurities! And PK not getting it, and not getting it, and not getting it, until you want to grab him and shake him and scream YOU BOTH LOVE EACH OTHER SO MUCH WHY ARE YOU MAKING CAREY SAD. But uh I promise everything is fine in the end! It's great! YOU'LL LOVE IT.

All Talk, by [ profile] thefourthvine
The first section is PK/Carey and the rest are other pairings (and all very hot as well!), just fyi. There should be so much more fic about Carey tying PK up. REAMS of fic. Everybody go write fic about Carey tying PK up. But this is an EXCELLENT start.

Five Days in Toronto, by [ profile] cominginside
PK makes Carey come visit him during the offseason and do all kinds of touristy stuff and he takes him to the fair to look at the horses because HE TRULY LOVES CAREY'S INNER COWBOY and I just. I cannot. My heart. PK WINS CAREY A STUFFED UNICORN YOU GUYS.

Attention, by [ profile] mardia
Ok so there is a little more fic about Carey tying PK up! Although it's kind of less about the actual tying up and more about, like, feelings, just, ugh, it's only a short short fic and I'm still wailing internally over how Carey doesn't even know how much PK loves him YOU DUMB INSECURE COWBOY WHO COULD FAIL TO LOVE THAT FACE.

dress up and coloring... a lot of coloring, by katarin
Carey is jealous. Of PK's devotion to a pair of little girls. I DIE INSIDE.

In conclusion Carey Price is a stupid dimpled prince of a cowboy and people should make terrible youtube slideshows about how much he loves PK Subban set to Taylor Swift and Shania Twain. GO.
meretricula: (fandom librarian)
Much like with White Collar, there is ONLY ONE CORRECT SHIP for Vikings and it is Ragnar/Lagertha/Athelstan and if you ship Ragnar/Athelstan without Lagertha you are WRONG AND A BAD PERSON OK. LAGERTHA BEST.

Cunningly Carved Upon Me, by [ profile] randomeliza
The one where Ragnar doesn't invade England so much as get washed up on the shore and is nursed back to health by Athelstan in the monastery. (Spoiler alert: of course Lagertha shows up with a horde of Vikings at her back to break him out. LAGERTHA BEST.)

On Earth as It Is in Heaven, by [ profile] samyazaz
Soulmates AU! There is also a very good fill to this same prompt by [ profile] lady_ragnell but that's ok because my favorite Vikings fic by her is...

I Bet A Lot Of Folks Can Sing In Harmony, by [ profile] lady_ragnell

Wash the Echoes Out, by [ profile] eleanor_lavish
Ragnar and Lagertha find out something terrible about Athelstan's past, and go on a quest for revenge. I actually think my favorite part is Ragnar's inability to really understand why Athelstan reacts to things the way he does. Their cultural differences are nicely handled, I thought. (Trigger warning for mentions of child abuse.)

and my darkness falls, by [ profile] paperclipbitch
Ahahahaha BABYSITTER AU yeah that's right.

PS I've been listening to the new album CHVRCHES have streaming on their website pretty much non-stop for two days you should check it out.
meretricula: (fandom librarian)
Back when I did fics about food (incidentally I just found this Vikings fic and I am SO MAD that I discovered it too late to include in that post so uh yeah if you're into haute cuisine, restaurant AUs and banging threesomes I strongly advise you click that little link) I promised a post of recipes that even I, kitchen incompetent and super broke, can make and love, and lo and behold I have delivered!

crisp rosemary flatbread
So easy, so delicious, so cheap! It will make your life easier if you have baking paper and some sort of rolling pin but you can use a glass or your bare hands if you need to. I'm not a huge fan of rosemary so I usually use garlic instead, and chive works too!

baked apples
Even easier! I like to sprinkle on brown sugar and cinnamon before baking and then adding some maple syrup to the bowl when I eat it, but I've got a bigger sweet tooth than most people. This is a great way to use up apples that are a little bruised or mushy or are even starting to rot -- just cut off the gross parts when you're chopping up the apples.

millionaire's shortbread
This one can be a little bit tricky but I promise it's worth it! Once you get the hang of lining your pan with baking paper, it will save you so much energy on cleanup, you don't even know. Definitely melt the chocolate and make the caramel in the microwave, life is too short for double-boilers. If you have an electric egg beater or similar tiny self-whisking device, that will make combining the melted butter and condensed milk for the caramel much less labor-intensive. The layer of caramel takes for-e-ver to set, so plan to leave it in the freezer overnight, pour on the layer of melted chocolate in the morning, and stick it back in the freezer to get the chocolate to solidify until whatever afternoon or evening festivities you're bringing this British delight to! Share the wealth with all your friends, and DO NOT EVER tell anyone how much butter goes into the recipe.

cream scones
I'm going to make your life so much easier with this handy little trick: forget everything about rolling out, cutting, whatever. Mix up the dough and slap it into a muffin tin to bake. Your scones will come out circular and scone-like and perfectly attractive, and you don't need to tell anyone how they got that way.

avocado mac and cheese
Probably the most expensive recipe on here, because you do have to buy avocados and decent cheese (I like to use extra sharp cheddar, not Monterey Jack), but it's so worth it. If you don't eat it all immediately it'll turn brown, but any leftovers will still taste fine the next day, they'll just look pretty gross. If you care about that (I don't! Your stomach doesn't have eyes, as my grandmother says), just make sure you've got a couple friends over to help you consume the whole pot.
meretricula: (fandom librarian)
I was whining on twitter about how all I wanted to do was read jailbait Chekov/Sulu fic all night and somehow this ended up in a conversation about how @bophew had never read any AGally/BGally fic??? AN UNACCEPTABLE SITUATION, I think you will all agree. So here, have lots of jailbait Gallys! Sometimes with Prusty for bonus defilement purposes! (I already recced the one where BGally is a girl and Prusty teaches AGally how to give better orgasms for genderswap day but if you missed it somehow you should rectify that.)

Lucky Pierre, by [ profile] hapakitsune
Basically nothing to me will ever top the succinct hilarity of the summary, which I quote in full:

"Complicated like you have two underage boyfriends?" asks Brian.

"They're both over eighteen," hisses Brandon.

It's not quite as cracky as that would lead you to believe (I actually feel a lot for Alex, it sucks to be the one left out when your friends are hooking up) but it's still pretty damn funny! And Brandon's paranoia that someone on the team is going to find out he defiled the rookie is really excellent for me.

I don't know about me but I know about you, by duchessofavalon
AGally's friendship with Nail is adorable. This is all.

Odd Man Rush, by hanet
BGally's intrinsic sluttiness draws AGally into his somewhat ambiguous relationship with Prusty, giving Prusty a sexual identity crisis in the process. Also there's a lot -- a lot -- of porn.

i said if i'm honest, i fell for you that last night, by mistfarer
This list needed at least one straightforward story about dumb children in love. God. They're so DUMB and so IN LOVE I almost can't stand it like this is Hallsy and Ebs level here.

(Getting Off) the Training Wheels, by sabrina_il
I.e. the one where Prusty teaches the Gallys how to have better sex with each other. A lot of it is so clinical that it shouldn't really be hot? And yet it is, and there's something so weirdly joyful about these two idiots finally getting to share orgasms the way they want to.

I've progressed to the hacking up a lung stage of my cold, which means I sound much worse but feel much better! I'm not even on Nyquil right now. YAY!!! YOU CAN'T DEFEAT ME, NEW ENGLAND WEATHER.
meretricula: (fandom librarian)
Still sick! Still doped up on Nyquil! Expect little coherence here, my friends.

Strength In You, by [ profile] heresluck [Gilmore Girls]
I didn't agree with many of the romantic storylines on Gilmore Girls (Paris/Rory OTP and I WILL FIGHT YOU OVER IT, among other things), but the one thing the show was consistently great about was Rory's relationship with her mom. This vid is a condensed shot of mother-daughter love and just watching it makes me smile.

Permanent Parking, by marycontraire [Hockey RPF]
So canonically Claude Giroux moved in with Danny Briere and Danny Briere's three kids and two dogs for a season and there are horrifying but adorable family photos to prove it, and I greatly enjoy the fic that resulted from this glorious, glorious time period. I particularly treasure this fic for approaching the situation from the kids' perspective -- specifically, the POV of the youngest boy, Cameron -- and not glossing over their insecurity over their new semi-stepdad and his role in their life.

Omaha, by [ profile] halcyon_shift [Heroes]
Remember when Heroes was good? Ahh, nostalgia. On my first time watching I think I was too wrapped up in figuring out whether the man in horn-rimmed glasses was good or evil to appreciate his relationship with Claire, but in retrospect: god, what an adorable father and daughter.

With Six You Get Eggroll, by [ profile] cesperanza [Due South]
This has to be the ultimate kidfic -- RayK and Fraser adopt six children! In the Canadian wilderness! Ray Vecchio and Stella come to visit! -- but it's not at all sentimental, the kids are fully fleshed out rather than being plot moppets, and I can genuinely see RayK and Fraser ending up in exactly this sort of situation. Parenthood is tough! Adoption is really tough! Adopting SIX KIDS is insane! But the fic acknowledges all that, and doesn't make everything happy sunshine and bunnies, and it works. (Also, I may or may not have written fanfiction in my head about this universe. Shhh.)

A Beautiful Lifetime Event, by [ profile] astolat [Stargate: Atlantis]
The one where John and Rodney have an accident with some Ancient technology resulting in a baby. I'm assuming everyone in fandom has read this fic at one point or another; it's probably the first example of babyfic in the Fanlore article (but I'm too lazy to check). It has everything. It's babyfic turned up to eleven. This is the überbabyfic, and it's fantastic.
meretricula: (fandom librarian)
Still sick. :( All fics are OT3, i.e. Neal/Peter/Elizabeth, because that is the only acceptable ship in White Collar fandom and if you ship Neal/Peter without including Elizabeth in some way I will shank you!!! Or probably just yell for a while about how Elizabeth is the greatest, whatever.

Always Starts the Same, with a Boy and a Girl, by lightgetsin
Four Meals, by [ profile] copperbadge
Both Sides Of The Conversation, by OnYourMark
Separately and Together, by [ profile] china_shop
Light-Fingered, by [ profile] shrift

Pray for my soul and that I feel better in the morning, I hate being sick. D: D: D:
meretricula: (fandom librarian)
It was going to be White Collar but then I started reading a genderswap One Direction fic of all things, so White Collar fic is going to have to wait till tomorrow! Also I'm sick and my Nyquil is kicking in so... no descriptions. I promise the fic is good. Enjoy!

i know the shape of your hands (i watch them when you talk), by [ profile] el_em_en_oh_pee [One Direction RPF, Zayn/Louis]

Till You Make It, by lightgetsin [The Dresden Files, Harry/Marcone]

I Want Your Lips to Sing, by [ profile] twentysomething [Teen Wolf, Stiles/Derek]

Ironsides, by [ profile] copperbadge [Avengers, Steve/Tony]

The Least of All Possible Mistakes, by [ profile] rageprufrock [Sherlock, Mycroft/Lestrade]
meretricula: (fandom librarian)
Apparently the one topic my older brother, my mother and I are completely united on is our admiration of the way Neal Caffrey wears a suit. Consider this my endorsement for White Collar: everybody should appreciate the way Neal Caffrey wears a suit. To that end, please enjoy some vids for that show about an FBI agent and his beautiful wife and the ridiculously attractive art thief they decide to bring into their marriage. I'm not even bothering to write out recommendations. They all feature Matt Bomer's beautiful face, and that is all the recommendation you should need. (Fic recs to follow tomorrow...)

Let's Misbehave, by [ profile] trelkez
Everybody Loves Me, by LLenkaLL
in one ear, right out the other, by [ profile] gigglemonster
Footloose, by [ profile] china_shop
Tonight (I'm Fucking You), by [ profile] talitha78

As always, if you have trouble accessing any vid I rec, let me know and I'll upload it for you!
meretricula: (fandom librarian)
Vid recs again today! I've wanted to do a wordless vid rec post for a while, actually; it's something you don't see all that often but is really impressive when it's done well. (I had to cut down this list to get it to five, actually. :( I would have included more but then it's a slippery slope to indulging my completionist streak all the time!)

Girl on Fire, by Claire [The Hunger Games]
The sense of motion in this vid is really stunning, especially in the more violent interludes. The softer, slower sections are handled impressively, too; Jennifer Lawrence did a great job letting Katniss' facial expressions do her talking, and the vid captures those moments perfectly.

Heads Will Roll, by [ profile] thedothatgirl [The Legend of Sleepy Hollow]
The music is actually not the Yeah Yeah Yeahs song of the same name but rather a string quartet cover of 'This Is Halloween', just so you know it does belong on this list. Ichabod's little face! All of his glorious incompetent flailing around! Again, really excellent sense of motion, and the comedic timing is perfect as well.

With Or Without You, by em [Doctor Who]
Nothing in this vid should work. Slowmo, weird color effects, the pacing is just mostly quite slow wih loooong clips. And yet it's perfect. GOD TEN LOVED ROSE SO MUCH, I CAN'T.

Mr. Brightside, by [ profile] jarrow [The Talented Mr. Ripley]
Let's put it this way: somehow this movie is EVEN MORE HEARTBREAKING when compressed into three minutes and accompanied by string quartet.

God Loves, Man Kills, by [ profile] meivocis [X-Men trilogy]
The X-Men series is really intense for something I remember as a Saturday morning cartoon. I think this vid lives up to that intensity -- the blinking effect seems like it should get annoying, but it really works. (Trigger warning for self-harm of a child and mutilation; the close-up on the stumps where Angel hacked off his wings is... really hard to bear.)

YULETIDE YULETIDE LALALA. At the moment I have nominated Some Girls, Tennis RPF, Blurred Lines Sexy Boys Parody and The Outlaws of Sherwood, but I've got some time in case I want to change my mind...
meretricula: (fandom librarian)
[ profile] thefourthvine suggested that I do a set of small fandom recs, but I'm terrible at judging what is or isn't qualified as a "small fandom", so I decided to let the experts sort it out for me and just picked from the Yuletide pool. I tried to get a wide selection, so they're not all from the same year -- one is from 2006, one is from 2012, the rest are somewhere in between!

Wait Wait Don't Eat Me, by [ profile] nestra [National Public Radio RPF, Yuletide 2009]
Probably the most (in)famous Yuletide fic of all -- NPR got their hands on it somehow and linked it to the non-fannish masses. At least it wasn't knotting fic, amirite? No, seriously, I do think this is a perfect showcase of what Yuletide is best at: a loving homage to a source that a whole lot of people are familiar with but very, very few would ever contemplate writing fic for.

Gamol-léac, by Castiron [Old Spice Guy commericals, Yuletide Madness 2010]
The concept is great, but it's the execution that really makes it memorable. What a fantastic Beowulf pastiche.

a spring fling, by [ profile] screamlet [Avengers RPF, Yuletide 2012]
Everything is ridiculous and yet it's not really a fluffy fic, if that makes sense -- the story is funny, but mostly because it's about perfectly ordinary events that the characters can't really deal with because they aren't used to functioning in the everyday world. (To wit: ScarJo, Chris Evans and Renner live together in collegiate-level filth and attend the birthday party Chris Hemsworth throws for his baby daughter.)

Duende, by [ profile] astolat [Master and Commander, Yuletide 2006]
God, I tend to forget this story exists and then I remember and reread it and fall in love all over again. It's a very sweet love story, for Aubrey and Maturin at least, but it's the worldbuilding that gets me every time.

A Room With a View, by hollimichele [Temeraire, Yuletide 2009]
THIS STORY, GOD. Perscitia! Wellington! Roland! All the historical details that don't necessarily appear in the books, up to and including Wellington's poor wife! I love the Temeraire books with a fiery burning passion and I mean it as a great compliment when I say that this fic could perfectly well be an interlude written by Naomi herself.

meretricula: (fandom librarian)
For [ profile] khoshgeleh_16, who asked for a very carefully curated list of figure skating fics! I, uh, tried? Well, hopefully at least some of it will be suitable. XD Judging from my brief ventures into the shallows, Figure Skating RPF is a fairly compartmentalized fandom -- there's a big section of Weir/Lysacek, a sizeable chunk of Weir/Lambiel, the inevitable Weir/Adam Lambert crossovers and then there's all the other skaters in existence floating around together out in the big blue deep. I think I covered the shallows pretty well back in 2010, although I have to say that my tastes have changed a lot since then and some of the sillier recs are less charmingly ridiculous than they are just plain ridiculous, so take them with a grain of salt. Anyway, that's why there's no Weir/Lysacek and very little Weir/Lambiel here even though that's the majority of the fandom. Variety is the spice of life, etc., and also I didn't want to have to reread all those fics to figure out which of them are actually good if you're not in the flush of new-fandom love.

Hearts Beat Time Out, by [ profile] mosca [Johnny Weir/Ben Agosto]
If you like long, plotty fics to help get into a new pairing, start here. If you like short, funny fics to help get into a new pairing, start at the bottom. I feel like this fic is very accessible even though it doesn't really feel like the standard slash fic plot: both POV characters are a little self-contradictory and can alternate between being wishy-washy and being jerks, which is... well, more realistic than the usual Resolute Star-Crossed Lovers schtick. It's a Sexual Awakening Fic but it's not all about homosexual panic, either. Both Tanith and Irina Slutskaya have sizeable roles as well, which I liked. No man is an island, not even drama queen figure skaters!

the badger game, by [ profile] jocondite [Evan Lysacek/Jeff Buttle]
Evan wakes up in bed with Adam Rippon. Hilarity (for the rest of the tour, at Evan's expense) ensues.

The Circle of Acceptable Women, by [ profile] mosca [Meryl Davis/Tanith Belbin]
Figure Skating RPF: femslash edition! I was talking just the other day with [ profile] nahco3 about how female athletes tend to be forcibly closeted less by media hostility and more by the insistence on their invisibility, so it feels very apt to consider a fic speculating about the experiences of Meryl Davis growing up as a very femme lesbian in a sport that polices gender presentation so strictly. Her relationship with Tanith is painted very well but it's almost ancillary, at least to what I get out of the fic.

Nine Lives by anonymous [Stéphane Lambiel/Johnny Weir]
It's a Catwoman AU. Stéphane is Catwoman. It's exactly what you'd expect.

The Advancement of Learning, by [ profile] mosca [mostly Johnny Weir and Stéphane Lambiel friendship fic, with a few hints of Johnny Weir/Ben Agosto]
Scenes from the period when Johnny and Stéphane were training at the same rink. It's a really lovely outsider POV and very funny without being crack.

Done with a day of September Recs before noon? Have I been replaced with a pod person? Hmmm.
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