Did anyone else see The Closer tonight? Unfuckingbelievably good! Just when all of my fav female-centric dramas are circling the drain (In Plain Sight has managed to castrate once-kickass!Mary in just two eps, Saving Grace is just too Xtian for me), The Closer frickin' Delivers. No, there's no femslash, but DAMN!

As for the rest of my femslash universe...I've been very, very sick involving hospital time, etc. I even missed IDF, which...is just so very, very wrong. I'd rather miss Xmas and New Year's and I'll throw in that other holiday, Easter, or maybe Groundhog Day. I do know that it produced some knockout fic which I'll get around to reading and rec'ing at some point.

I have a few more recs from [livejournal.com profile] femslash08, but really, I've yet to read a fic from that con that isn't rec-worthy. Srsly.

[livejournal.com profile] jengrrrl's Hope for the Hopeless, South of Nowhere, Spencer/Ashley, Mature is astonishing and right. Ashley's gone through rehab, but Spencer still doesn't trust her. This is very much Ashley's fic and the voice is spot on.

[livejournal.com profile] liz_estrada'z Never the Twain Shall Meet is a Buffyverse AU, Faith/Cordelia, Mature. No one gets Faith quite like [livejournal.com profile] liz_estrada. She's one of my fav Faith writers and this fic, even though it's Cordelia's POV, doesn't disappoint. Cordelia's father moves them to Boston where she meets bad girl Faith.

Rekindling by [livejournal.com profile] shelled_avenger is Harry Potter, Luna/Tonks, Mature and it's a lovely post-war story.

Love is a Painful Thing (The Second Best Mix)[livejournal.com profile] escritoireazul is a collection of 'second best' pairings from a variety of fandoms including Faith/Dawn (second best to Faith/Buffy), Blue Crush (Eden/Lena instead of Eden/Anne Marie) and a Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants/She's the Man crossover that hits my soccer kink. This is an extraordinary fic on so many levels. Great writing and characterization and really, the Faith/Dawn would have been more than enough for me, the rest were a wonderful bonus. Extraordinary fic.

Like I said, I'm still making my way through these and everything's rec'able, so enjoy!

edited to correct attribution on Rekindling. Thanks [livejournal.com profile] sporkmetender!
[livejournal.com profile] angharad_gov did a rec post (for fantastic stories in a variety of fandoms including BOP, XMEN and Xena) and reminded me of a spectacular WIP in the Harry Potter fandom. For all of you squicked by HP fandom, the characters in the story are NOT minors.

Aucune Defense Pour-toi (parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17a, 17b, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23) by [livejournal.com profile] meingeheimnis is HP, Hermione/Fleur, PG-13 (so far). It gets a bit complicated because this story is a response to another written by [livejournal.com profile] dreiser, No Defense For You (same pairing, same rating). Dreiser's a wonderful writer in her own right (whose lovely Hermione/Luna WIP, Crazy Little Things, angharad also recs) and [livejournal.com profile] meingeheimnis builds on that with her own distinct style. This is an achingly sweet and beautiful love story written in exquisite style. Fleur, a veela, mates for life. If her love is not returned, she will fall ill and die. When she is 17 she falls in love at first sight with a 14 year-old Hermione. She denies it for 3 years at the expense of her health, finally returning to Hogwarts to teach and (attempt) to court an 18 year-old Hermione... who can't stand her. [livejournal.com profile] meingeheimnis takes her time with these characters and their complicated and at times painful path to love. Just beautiful. I can't wait for the next update and am hoping that I can move this writer to write at least a little faster.

I had a couple of Women's Murder Club recs as well, but cutting and pasting all of those links drove me nuts so...later.

edited to correct the link to part 1 of Aucun Defense (thanks angharad!!!).

Voyager, HP

Sep. 2nd, 2007 01:55 pm
More recs...that aren't from me. The femslash goddess herself, [livejournal.com profile] ralst, posts her own rec list. She even found an obscure fic I haven't seen in years (Snow).

Also, since strikethrough, I've had several requests for HP recs. I've recced a few in the past that I thought were outstanding, but this is really not my fandom. Particularly since it's nearly impossible to keep up with -- it's HUGE people!! I can barely keep up with all of the other fandoms in my life. HP would BURY me. Alive.

I'd suggest [livejournal.com profile] ein_myria for HP recs. She's got the goods.

HP

Jan. 23rd, 2006 02:01 pm
I know there are many on my flist who won't go near the Harry Potter fandom. Either because of the insanity of the fandom itself or squickiness of the underage character pairings. But you're missing out on some truly wondrous fic. I can't blame anyone since I'm not a fan of the source material myself, but, as usual, certain writers can take these characters and make, well, magic

[livejournal.com profile] eudaimon is one of those writers and her fic, You and Me and the Rain, is pure magic. Hermione/Tonks, Most Definitely R. Also, this is an older Hermione and Tonks (20s) so no need to worry about the squick. [livejournal.com profile] eudaimon is a master with language. She clearly loves the written word and it definitely loves her right back. All of her words, every sentence feels absolutely necessary. No waste. Nothing extra to get in the way of what comes down to incredible storytelling. And her characters are so well drawn and full, we have to invent extra dimensions because three and even four just aren't enough to contain them. There's definitely something musical about [livejournal.com profile] eudaimon 's work, it has a gorgeous rhythm and sound to it and all of it written and played in a minor key full of sadness, hope, and longing. This is the magic, people. One of those fics and one of those writers who not only blurs the line between pro fic and fan fic but obliterates it completely. Seriously. This is some of the best fiction I've read in a while. Period. Read and leave the love for another great writer.

HP

Dec. 2nd, 2005 02:59 pm
Society Pages, by Kate Bolin, aka [livejournal.com profile] katemonkey, PG-13.This fic had me dying with the laughter and I've been back to read it many times lately. It's so good and so perfectly right on so many levels. I love this Pansy married off by her old money parents so that they can afford to redecorate. And their choice of partners for Pansy is just...It's just...LMAO. Plus, it's frickin' Kate Bolin, the woman who coined the term femslash. The woman who spends her time and money bringing us sites like Girls' Dormitory and Dymphna.net. This woman rocks! And so does this fic!
Yes, I know it's not femslash, but it's so damn funny I couldn't resist. [livejournal.com profile] hesychasm's Cedric Diggory is very very gay -- a love story told in screen caps from that movie everyone's going to see. Beware VERY SPOILERY! I wish this was possible for Hermione/anyf. *sigh*

eta also, LJ's new no-email-notices-of-comments non-policy means it may take me a while (or forever) to respond. sorry.

HP

Sep. 30th, 2005 04:13 pm
[livejournal.com profile] inell issued the Girls Just Want to Have Fun (With Each Other) challenge and the very fine results are rolling in to [livejournal.com profile] hp_girlslash. I'm currently reading, enjoying like crazy, and collecting recs, but I thought I'd share the love.

remember, feedback=love so leave it if you feel it for these fine writers.

hmmm, femslash challenge...
"the discovery channel has koala bears..."

when the world is too much, there's always fluff and the HP fandom has some of the best:

Summer Ghosts by [livejournal.com profile] rubykate. (Ginny/Luna), PG. During the war, Ginny and Luna are left at home to fend for themselves. I really can't say enough about this fic. It's beautifully written, sweet without syrup, and has a really light sort of dreamy touch (kind of like Luna) despite the heavy events surrounding it. If this fic were a girl and we were both in high school, I would totally be in love with her. I'd probably even ask her to prom.

all of [livejournal.com profile] rubykate's HP fic is sort of breathless and breathtaking. Girl Weasley (Ginny/Cho), or Love Letter (Pansy/Hermione) -- they're all irresistibly charming and wonderfully written and I recommend them all, especially if you're in need of some sunlight.


Bracelets by paranoidkitten. (Ginny/Luna)PG-13. Another sweet ficlet. This one assumes a childhood friendship between Ginny and Luna that is strained when they reach Hogwarts.

eta to clarify: I call this fic fluff, but that's not nearly accurate and for some reason, it feels almost derogatory. because there's definitely something substantial to each one of these pieces. they're so full of real emotion and longing, important issues that get left out of the majority of what we call literature... but that's the issue at the heart of femslash isn't it? because it deals too often w/emotions (not to mention lesbian sex which is a mythical beast to most), it's considered insubstantial or sentimental. so when I use the term fluff, I mean it in the girlslash sense -- I'm reclaiming it to be descriptive of fic with emotional resonance and depth, particularly fic that isn't overly sexual (in descriptive terms) or violent. It may touch on these subjects, but they're not the central themes. they're typically the framework or catalyst for emotional exploration...and I'm walking into another potential minefield here so, I'm outtie.

HP

Sep. 19th, 2005 06:49 pm
Brown Ribbon by [livejournal.com profile] switchknife. one of my favorite fics in any fandom. it's insanely beautiful and haunting. Ginny and Hermione find comfort with each other during the war. Very Mature and I mean that on every level. this is a mature Ginny and Hermione (regardless of their age) fighting a terrible war with terrible losses. Just...wow. Warning: character death

also worth checking out is [livejournal.com profile] switchknife's Homecoming, Ginny/Tonks, Very Mature. Tonks comes home from the war. ginny's waiting.

both on Girl's Dormitory.

also check out [livejournal.com profile] switchknife's f/f recs. I've pimped them before, but it's worth repeating.
Out of the whedonverse (finally!) and over to HP because I stumbled on this fantastic collection of femslash recs by Switchnife. Many of them I recognize and others I don't. I'm slowly making my way through the list. there are so few femslashy resources, I just have to mention them when I find them.

And everyone knows about Kate's fantastic HP femslash site, Girls' Dormitory right?

what the world needs now is slash, sweet slash...
Two's Company by paranoid kitten on Girl's Dormitory. HP, Katie/Alicia PG-13ish. As a former jock, I'm a sucker for Quidditch Girls fics, not to mention comingout!Katie and this is a wonderfully sweet example. Katie never quite fit in with the others in her year.
Ah, the sweetness.
[livejournal.com profile] anna_maria took up the following challenge: “Hermione/Pansy - menstrual blood, bathroom, dirty talk, established (though probably not healthy) relationship.” and wrote a PWP masterpiece in response. very NC-17 Thicker Than. Yes, menstrual blood, so if that squicks you out, don't read. Seriously.

HP

May. 20th, 2005 04:11 pm
A couple of HP recs, 'cause I missed yesterday (Write Club happened).

Understanding You, (Pansy/Ginny). I'm all for the odd pairings in HP today. I love this fic. Mainly because godonthewater presents us with the situation and not a lot of backstory and lets it all just... unfold. Show don't tell is such a hard thing to do. Plus, older, jaded Pansy and Ginny with a past is kinda hot.

lost, found, magnificent thingsby [livejournal.com profile] eudaimon is just a beautiful thing. Hermione/Tonks It's a series of lyrical in-betweens that feel light and breezy, but have remarkable depth. [livejournal.com profile] eudaimon also inserts design and photo elements that slide seamlessly into the narrative and enhance it all.
I just refound this fic. One of my favorites.
excuse me but by Sylvia Kundera (HP Millicent/Hermione). Exquisite fluff. Heart-achingly, exquisite fluff. "You think only pretty girls get love stories? There aren't enough of them to make the world go round. There aren't enough of them to fill a shoebox..." Need I say more?

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