This post will probably be of the long, rambling variety. Some recs, some kvetching, possibly a rant.
First of all, dirt
, you're not my favorite anymore. In fact, you'll be lucky if I even let it sit with me at lunch.L Word
, yes, the Angela Robinson ep was a HUGE improvement, but that doesn't make you good television. BSG...don't even bother calling me until the chicks get to do something or Starbuck gets dead. Ugly Betty
you're pretty, smart, and you make me laugh, but I'm sorry, I;ve been hurt too often. I just can't commit to you right now. The only show I watch with any regularity now is...Meerkat Manor
And it's not really slashable.Xena recs
From the newbie who's 7 years too late...Endgame
(uber, modern) and The Gift
(uber) by Meghan O'Brien. Both are NC-17 and both are very well written, sexyhot and hopelessly romantic. I meant to rec these fics for Valentine's Day, but didn't have the time. The Gift is the story of a Commander who falls for the king's body slave. Endgame is the story of a womanizer who finally meets her match...and not in the way you'd expect. In a very real way. Also props to ein_myria
for reccing these to me. Meghan O'Brien has several other stories that are also very well worth the read. Especially Truth or Dare if you're looking for a pwp.The Tavernkeeper's Sister
and Well of Sighs
both by Ella Quince
. Both are NC-17, both classic and both stories use amnesia as a plot device to very different ends. I'm convinced Ella Quince (yeah, I finally get it -- Eloquence) is the pen name of a professional writer. Her prose is just that good. It's efficient and elegant with moments of absolutely breathtaking writing. But beyond that, the stories are wonderful and her classic Xena and Gabrielle are flawless.
and if you're looking for pr0n, look no further than another ein_myria
rec, Nights of Silk and Sapphire
by Amber, NC-17. This is an uber tale and although it has a very well-imagined plot and uber characterization, this is really shamelessly the longest PWP ever written....except for that part where it has plot. Seriously. The author admits that this was an exercise in writing sex scenes for her because she wasn't comfortable with them. And there's LOTS of sex. Xena's character has a harem and she has sex with all of them. And they have sex with each other. And innocent Gabrielle has sex with herself and with the harem and finally with Xena. Did I mention pr0n. My only issue with this fic is that the author doesn't manage to make Xena/Gabrielle very special in the midst of all this sex. Still...did I mention the sex?Birds of Prey
speaking of sex, We Used to Be Friends
is a scorchinghot NC-17, comicverse, Barbara/Katarina (implied Babs/Dick, Babs/Dinah). Surprisingly, not a VMars crossover. Love what jennyo
does with canon here to create a femslashtic past for Barbara and Katarina that goes a long way toward explaining Babs/Dinah in the present. As usual, jennyo turns a PWP into something much deeper. Also check out her Stripped
, another scorchicious Babs/KatarinaAn Empirical Question
by Harper is TVverse, PG-13. I couldn't imagine harper writing anything below an NC-17, but this was wonderfully done. I love Harper's Helena and Barbara awkwardly fumbling their way toward romance. There are moments of incredible humor and poignant vulnerability.
If you're just down for the hot GOGA, check out glossing
's flawlessly executed vignettes for the Porn Battle
, Wrapped up Like Candy
, DC Comics, Mia/Grace and Competence and Donuts, Babs/Dinah comicverse. both at the same link, both NC-17L&O:CI recsUntitled
, NC-17, Barek/Eames. I really don't know how to talk about this fic and do it justice right now. Omiceti is a master at writing those fragile, painful moments full of vulnerability that we never see onscreen. This fic is painful and haunting and absolutely exquisite.