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I have decided to make a rec-list. Apart from the joy of writing, the only reward a fanfic-writer gets is feedback. It ought to be so simple that if you write a great story you will get great feedback, but that is sadly not the case. I think most who write fics know how it feels to put a lot of work in a story, feeling that this is actually really good, then put it out and nothing happens. Nada. Zip. Perhaps the story wasn't that good after all, but there are other factors at work. Perhaps it's a small fandom, which have fewer readers. It can be a story that deals with difficult subjects, somehow readers seem to be less inclined to say "Great story" when the main reaction after is "Eeep!" (which doesn't have to be a bad reaction). :) People also gravitate to popularity and a well-known fic-writer will get more feedback than an unknown. I'm not saying all this to moan, but because I actually find it very interesting how people choose to interact with each other.
As a fic-reader myself, I must also add laziness. You read a nice story, but you can't be bothered to write down a simple sentence and press a send-button. It takes a minute or two and the author will get happy , so why not do it? I know I am at fault here and I'm actively working on giving feedback when I like a story. I have also encountered the attitude "No one gives me feedback, so why should I?". Well, perhaps if you review, the person who wrote the story will check yours out and return the favour. And sometimes you realise that someone has gushed over your story and recced it to high heavens, which is wonderful, but it would have been nice to be told that, because, you know, feedback.
So here are my recs. Go, read, enjoy and give feedback. And yes, I will look each author up and tell them that I have recced them! No ranking, just in alphabetic order, but mostly Doctor Who as that is what I have indulged myself in, recently..
Story: Offerings and Acceptance
Summary: Alma makes an offer Al Swearengen had promised to accept. Awkwardness abounds as two complicated people try to find a way to come together without their usual facades.
Characters: Al Swearengen/Alma Garret
Rating and warnings: R and explicit sex it is.
Why I rec it: Well, this is smut, but very well-written such. Again, the characters are spot on, which really makes this fic for me. If you haven't seen Deadwood you have missed something!
Story: A Car With Character
by Memory Dragon
Fandom: Classic Doctor Who
Summary: Bessie loves her Doctor, but some things were taken too far.
Characters: Bessie, The Third Doctor/The Master (Delgado) implied.
Why I rec it: Just for sheer fun and because a yellow car named Bessie simply must have a character.
Story: Friends In High Places
Fandom: Doctor Who, both classic and new
Summary: Why Torchwood and Jack never found the Doctor when he was working for UNIT pretty much on their doorstep. I mean, apart from glaring incompetence.
Characters: The Master (Delgado), The Third Doctor, The Tenth Doctor, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Jack Harkness, River Song, Donna Noble, The Doctor's TARDIS
Why I rec it: It's fun, of course, but it also seem plausible (as much as anything is in the whoverse), I can very well imagine that this is what happened. Also, I always like when the TARDIS has her say.
Story: The Master and Mrs. Pond
by Memory Dragon
Fandom: Doctor Who, both classic and new.
Summary: Still waiting for her proper Doctor and Rory to find her again, Amy meets the Doctor's best enemy and gets chased around by a giant purple monster. So much for hearing embarrassing stories of the Doctor's childhood over chocolate!
Characters: Amy Pond, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Sergeant Benton, The Third Doctor, The Master (Delgado)
Why I rec it: Because it is fun, I laughed out loud several times! Because the voices, of all the characters are spot on and that is something I always look for in a fic. It's part of a series, really part 2, but I read it before I realised it and didn't suffer.
Fandom: Classic doctor Who
Summary: Who am I?
Romana demanded. What am I? Am I anything at all?
Characters: Romana I, The Fourth Doctor, K-9
Rating and warnings: PG. Mentions of sibling incest off stage.
Why I rec it: I love Romana, especially in her first incarnation and I love how she evolves in this fic.
Story: As To A Portrait, Gently Drawn
Fandom: Harry Potter
Summary: Snape patrols, and finds Luna precisely where she is not meant to be. Bathed in light, chalk in hand
Characters: Luna Lovegood, Severus Snape
Why I rec it: This story is just lovely. Rather sad, but lovely. I also thing Luna is beautifully portrayed and Snape is good as well.
Story: Among Some Talk of You and Me
Fandom: The Historian
Summary: Reader, I pray that you will have the strength to walk with me a little longer.
Characters: Tha Narrator, Vlad Tepes (Dracula)
Why I rec it: The Historian is one of my favourite books, but it does end rather open and with far too little of Dracula in it. This is a perfect koda.