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Day 6
In your own space, rec at least 3 fanworks you thought you wouldn't like (because they weren't your fandom or they pushed against your boundaries or you thought you just wouldn't be interested) and that you ended up loving.

I thought I would be hard-pressed to find more than one rec to fit this challenge, but I managed to find more than three!

1) I didn't like fanfic in book fandoms.

The Rooster Man Of Gondor by Chelsea Nolen (Lord of the Rings) (40K)
http://www.henneth-annun.net/stories/chapter.cfm?stid=338
The story behind the cock crowing during the battle of Minas Tirith.
(Short Story)

This is the first LOTR fic I ever read.

I hadn't thought that one could actually fill in gaps in the actual story of The Lord of the Rings -- there are no gaps. But, to borrow a phrase from Lewis, there are other peoples' stories. And this is one of them -- a poignant behind-the-scenes look at one unusual character caught up in the siege of Minas Tirith, which takes another look at some of the events of that part of the story. Well worth a look at.


2) I don't like Voldemort-Wins stories, really.

The Princess Of Gryffindor by Aurette (Harry Potter) (517K)
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5490903/1/The_Princess_of_Gryffindor
No Harry. No Ron. No hope. A broken Hermione goes through the motions of living until the one comes who can truly make her feel alive again. Canon through pg309 of DH. AU, Multiple Character Death, SS/HG. Rated M for reasons.
(Novel, AU, Alternate History, SSHG, Romance, Spy, Adventure, Voldemort Wins Adult )

If I had known that this was a Voldemort-Wins story before I started reading it, I probably wouldn't have read it, and then I would have missed out, because this is very good. And it does have a hopeful ending, which would have been a deal-breaker for me if it hadn't been. This is heartbreaking in a good way. Severus and Hermione give each other a reason to live, support in dark times. Severus is brilliant, and Hermione is the only one he can be vulnerable with.


3) Master/Martha? You've got to be joking!

Now We Have A Map Of The Stars by Zauberer Sirin (Doctor Who) (659K)
http://community.livejournal.com/saxonvoters/111870.html
Total AU: Martha never left and the Master was never killed. The Doctor keeps his promise of taking care of him. Sort of. Martha helps. Kind of. And then Dalek plot happens.
(Novel, AU, Alternate History)

The prologue entices you in; vivid in the second person present tense, like a lucid dream. The rest is mostly third-person (still present tense), but there is some lovely, lovely writing. Some typos, some PoV problems, and sometimes I've had to go back and re-read something to figure out who is saying what, but it's still worth it. Oh, the mind games the Master loves playing. And the way the Doctor and Martha hold their own, especially Martha. Then we get portents, and approaching menace, and the feeling that the very things they are doing to prevent it are actually bringing the menace closer. Another thing I like about this is that, with such a long story, the character relationships have time to develop gradually, and thus, believably.


4) But I don't like Episodes 1,2, and 3 of the Star Wars movies!

Shadows Of The Future by Stormqueen873 (Star Wars Phantom Menace) (694K)
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3054756/1/Shadows_of_the_Future
Obi-Wan lost the duel on Mustafar, but instead of dying, he finds himself on a ship leaving Tatooine, with his old Master and a familiar young boy. As events begin to unfold, can he stop the future he knows from occurring? TPM AU, ObiAniQui bonding.
(Novel, AU, Time Travel, Soul Travel, Changing History)

The premise is a familiar one; what if a character could go back and re-live a key portion of his life and fix the mistakes he had made? Yet this version of that trope is different in many ways. Not only is this "going back" not deliberate, but Obi-Wan finds it difficult to believe it has actually happened. Even more problematical is the "fixing mistakes" part, since he doesn't have a clue what the mistakes were. Also, this being Star Wars, of course Qui-Gon is going to notice the change in Obi-Wan... This is a loving exploration of the characters of Obi-Wan, Quai-Gon and Anakin, and the familial bonds which tie them together. But this isn't a soppy story; there are lashings and lashings of angst, with dollops of confusion, frustration, anger and humour. And we mustn't forget that Palpatine is still plotting his evil plots.


5) But I haven't even seen a full episode of Hercules!

When Hellmouths Collide by Kimberley Rector & Martha Wilson (Hercules/Buffy)
http://www.ltljverse.com/index2.htm
Buffy, Xander, Giles and Willow are accidentally sent through a dimensional doorway to a strange new world, where they run into our favorite pair of mythological heroes, Hercules and Iolaus. Together, they uncover Ethan Rayne's terrible plot against this world.

Monsters and quippage; that's what Buffy and Hercules have in common. And the occasional dimensional portal, apparently. Thanks to BK the Irregular for persuading me to read this; I had been reluctant because I've seen like five minutes of Hercules and Xena and didn't think I'd really get the story. But it works, though I'm sure there were many in-jokes I didn't get.

Here there were many monsters and much quippage, enough to have me laughing out loud more than once. And a plot, there was an actual decent plot in amongst all the monsters and quippage. And a dash of angst and comfort, though the largest amount of angst was on Iolas's part, so I couldn't really relate. But very engrossing and very long; I stayed up far too late reading this. Definitely worth reading.

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