Eurydice (eurydice72) wrote,

Yuletide 2013 recs

First my gifts:

Always, a Story in Five Kisses (2188 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Revolution (TV)
Rating: Mature
Relationships: Miles Matheson/Bass Monroe, Miles Matheson/Rachel Matheson, Emma Bennett/Bass Monroe, Bass Monroe/Shelly
Additional Tags: Flashbacks, First Kiss, Scarification, Grief/Mourning, Hand Jobs, Accidental Voyeurism, Unhealthy Relationships, Devotion, Mixed Signals
Summary: A republic was born in that crucible of blood, and the sound of its rushing has never left Bass’ ears.
Why: So much in this to love, I squee'd out loud when I saw someone had written Miles/Monroe for me, because their relationship just kills me. And this? Works. It managed to take so many of my kinks and twist them all into a painful, beautiful package.

I knew I was in for a real treat with the imagery of the opening, and it only got better from there. That first kiss is delightfully visceral, putting the reader smack dab in the middle of it. I adore how Bass's urgency is always present and manages to accelerate to the tightly wound man we know in the show. Toss in the desperate longing that seems to pervade both of them, and this fic feels like holding my breath all the way through, only to let it out at the end in one long, satisfied sigh.

This is Not a Scene From a Hitchcock Movie (1058 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: This Means War (2012)
Rating: General Audiences
Relationships: Tuck Hansen/Lauren Scott
Summary: Tuck thinks 'Franklin' is just the thing to name his and Lauren's new pet dog. FDR disagrees.
Why: I can't even tell you how many times I laughed out loud during this (ohmigod, the pants line still has me chortling). I scared the dog away, and the cats looked at me like I'm crazy. I especially loved that it didn't discount FDR's feelings in the aftermath.

One Of Their Better Parties (2613 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Arrested Development
Rating: General Audiences
Relationships: George Oscar 'Gob' Bluth/Tony Wonder
Characters: Michael Bluth, George Oscar 'Gob' Bluth, Tony Wonder, Lindsay Bluth Funke
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat, Established Relationship, Humor
Summary: Lindsay comes up with the bright idea of weekly family dinners. Gob turns up with an uninvited guest.
Why: This is everything I love about AD and more. Perfect characterizations, great comedic beats with the right tones throughout.

Ingénue-ity (3604 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: The Artist (2011)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Characters: George Valentin, Peppy Miller
Additional Tags: Friendship
Summary: Being innocent, spontaneous, and entirely without guile takes a LOT of work. Sometimes, Peppy wonders if George knows how much.
Why: Absolutely, thoroughly charming. The story manages to both enhance the humanity of both characters while keeping that otherworldly charm that made the movie magical. Loved it!

Monday Morning Mirror (1584 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: The Breakfast Club (1985)
Rating: General Audiences
Relationships: John Bender/Claire Standish, Andrew Clark/Allison Reynolds
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, POV Outsider, POV First Person, High School
Summary: It's Monday morning and no longer Saturday. Saturday changed everything, but what about Monday?
Carl watches the Breakfast Club return to school.
Why: Choosing to write it from Carl's POV gives this a really fresh take on the whole thing.

If We Dare Expose Our Hearts (3222 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: The Breakfast Club (1985)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: John Bender/Brian Johnson
Summary: Ten years later, Brian walks into a bar.
Why: It's a wonderfully mature take on the characters. I love imagining this future for them.

An Ordinary Day (1385 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: The Cutting Edge (1992)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Douglas Dorsey/Kate Moseley
Summary: Training doesn't get set aside for anything.
Why: Just utterly charming and completely them.

Moves in the Field (3293 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: The Cutting Edge (1992)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Douglas Dorsey/Kate Moseley
Additional Tags: figure skating, Hockey, Family, POV Outsider
Summary: Walter Dorsey isn't quite sure what his brother sees in Kate Moseley, but he suspects her magnificent slapshot may have something to do with it.
Why: Aw, man, I am so in love with this story. Choosing Walter's POV was such a smart move, which turns it all into one big performance we get to witness, just like some of the most revealing parts of the movie. That echoing just drives home how great the characterizations are, all the way to Kate's prickliness and how quick Doug is to react to it, even when they're in love. We don't lose that fire just because they know how to come back from it now due to their feelings. Wonderful!

Chief Professor (2343 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Dead Poets Society (1989)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Todd Anderson/Charlie Dalton
Additional Tags: Bacchanalia, University of California Berkeley, Graduation, Underage Drinking, Beat Generation
Summary: Charlie loves San Francisco, jazz, suadero, poetry, history, and his roommate.
Why: I love how organic this progression of Charlie feels. It's utterly believable and true to his spirit without ever going over the top or sacrificing the emotions of the movie.

Through Every Open Door (2908 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Dirty Dancing (1987)
Rating: General Audiences
Characters: Johnny Castle, Frances "Baby" Houseman, Penny Johnson
Summary: People grow up; dreams change. Sometimes other people help that happen.
Why: Holy crap. I want this to be thousands of words longer, because I love this set-up so very much. It's a completely realistic version of what could've happened to Baby and Johnny after that fateful summer, and it totally teared me up at the possibilities.

SMOF (3226 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Galaxy Quest (1999)
Rating: General Audiences
Characters: Brandon Wheeger, Fred Kwan, Laliari (Galaxy Quest), Mathesar (Galaxy Quest), Original Characters
Additional Tags: fandom is just a goddamn hobby, usually
Summary: In this fandom, there are things you don’t talk about.
Why: This might be one of the most rec'd fics from the fest this year, with very good reason. It's more than meta. It's a love letter to fans and fandoms.

Try Not to Look So Young and Miserable (4718 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Mad Men
Rating: Mature
Relationships: Pete Campbell/Peggy Olson, Peggy Olson/Stan Rizzo, Joan Holloway & Peggy Olson, Don Draper & Peggy Olson
Additional Tags: Dubious Consent, Abortion, Drug Use, Underage Drinking, Alternate Universe - College/University, Alternate Universe - 1970s, Halloween Costumes, Period-Typical Sexism, Enemies to Friends to Lovers, Friendship, Ambiguous/Open Ending
Summary: Peggy is a naïve freshman in 1970. Her only friends are Don, her gruff editor-in-chief at the school paper, and Joan, her glamorous RA. Pete is still a creep (and this surprises no one).

Stan loves to push Peggy’s buttons, but she gets even by undoing hers.
Why: This felts like it was written for me, lol. It was everything I would've hoped for, and then some. Peggy/Stan is my favorite pairing from Mad Men by miles and miles, and this fic managed to recreate everything I love about them.

The Harmony of You and Me (1391 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Mulan (1998)
Rating: Explicit
Relationships: Fa Mulan/Li Shang, Li Shang/Ping
Additional Tags: Pegging, ancient chinese dildos
Summary: In which a case of early-morning mistaken identity goes very, very right.
Why: One of three pegging fics in the Mulan fandom this year, but this one was my favorite. It fit in perfectly with my head canon on what would happen afterward.

Flotsam (2468 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Psycho (1960)
Rating: General Audiences
Characters: Lila Crane
Summary: Lila goes on in the aftermath of Norman Bates.
Why: This was delicate and heartbreaking and utterly convincing in its portrayal. It hit all the right beats on how I imagine her life would be like afterward, and the visit to the muck was as cathartic for me as it was for poor Lila.

Everybody Wants To Be A Cat (1837 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Revolution (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Characters: Miles Matheson, Charlie Matheson, Rachel Matheson, Bass Monroe
Additional Tags: Mild Angst, pre-blackout, Yuletide
Summary: Pre-blackout Bass has a conversation.
Why: I loved this pre-blackout peek we got into Bass's head. His assessment of Charlie and Rachel at that point felt so thoroughly true to me, it felt like the writer was in my head.

Making Headlines (2741 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Cosmo Brown/Don Lockwood/Kathy Selden
Additional Tags: Threesome - F/M/M, Hijinks with the Media, We'll Make You See What We Want You To See, Kathy Selden Gets Her Way
Summary: They made headlines in a Variety of ways.
Why: This captures the tone and pace of the movie to a tee, while managing to maintain all the character's idiosyncrasies. I loved how perfectly right all the details felt, and ended it with a smile.
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