boundbooks: Zhang Ziyi (harry potter: dramione is full of cute)
The ship that ate my brain. I don't even remember how I fell into this one less than two months ago; I think I was running around someone's rec post, saw 'Draco/Hermione,' laughed at the ridiculous impossibility of it, read it on a whim, and then was eaten by a giant obsession for this ship.

At it's best, Draco/Hermione is all the deliciousness of rivals-turn-to-romance, all the humor from two clever people snarking at each other, all the tragedy of a world that has experienced two devastating wars, and all the amazing world-building of the Harry Potter canon world. It can also be quite dark, given the amount of war-AUs, but even then the personalities carry over into painfully sharp interactions.

All I can say is, hell, try it. There are some incredible authors who have written for this pairing, including one who wrote what is probably one of my favorite works of fiction, never mind fanfiction, for this ship.

Note: I meant to go through the entire [livejournal.com profile] dmhgficexchange archive, but this post was already threatening to explode under its own weight. That exchange will get its own rec post at a later date. I also have an working draft post entirely for Veela!Draco fic. (SOS: Send help, life consumed by this ship. Help me!)

If you find busted links, please let me know! Also, as always, if you have a rec, let me know! I <3 reading fic. :)

Fics That Taste Like Canon

Nothing Like the Sun | MA | by [archiveofourown.org profile] musesfool
Summary/Excerpt: "The war was going badly. Hermione could admit that in the silence of her own head, even if she would never tell Harry."

Only the Cold | PG | by blue movies
Summary/Excerpt: While in Charms class, Vincent Crabbe muses about Draco Malfoy's feelings for Hermione Granger.

Prisoners (2140 words) / on H+V | MA | by faviconningloreth
Summary/Excerpt: When Harry and Ron escape from Malfoy Manor, Hermione’s left behind.

The Gentle Strains | G | by yesterday4 / [livejournal.com profile] yesterday4
Summary/Excerpt: Astoria witnesses a moment between Draco and Hermione.
Note: Epilogue-compliant.

Lights Out | MA | by [archiveofourown.org profile] phoebe
Summary/Excerpt: And that’s why they’re there this first Tuesday night, he and Granger. They walk through the dark places of Hogwarts, after all the dormitory lights go out, and Hogwarts’ students resign themselves to whatever waits in their dreams.

My Handful of All-Star Favorites

The Politician's Wife (65871 words) / on H+V | R | by faviconpir8fancier
Summary/Excerpt: This story is set twenty-three years after the fall of Voldemort. Our main characters are Ministry employees, middle-aged, and the majority of them not very happy.
Notes: This is the story that is one of my favorite works of fiction. I just. I can't even. It's twenty years later, it's about mid-life crises, about marriages falling apart, about questioning what you want, and about what defines us. Seriously. Read the damn thing.

The Rest of My Favorite D/Hr Fics, Five Billion More Recs, Author Recs, Archive Recs, Community Recs, and the shattered pieces of what feels like a kajllion hours of time. )
boundbooks: Zhang Ziyi (harry potter: puppy love)
Oh, how I adore this ship. Folks, I went through the long, dusty corners of the web, the Wayback Machine, and journals that haven't been updated since the early 2000s to bring you this fic. It was worth it, because I unearthed some gems. What follows is my personal list of fics I loved during the time I was heavily reading this ship around 2004/2005. If I didn't love it, it didn't make the list.

While assembling this list, I ran into many dead links and vanished sites. If you write fic, I implore you to either archive your fic (I prefer AO3 for numerous reasons of structure and formatting), or at least not delete/purge/friends-lock-to-death your work. If your work goes offline, I guarantee you that there is someone out there who will be utterly heartbroken to find it gone.

As always, I love recommendations from other people! Comments with further recommended reading are always appreciated.

A Monstrous Heap of Delicious Fic Recs As Well As Other Fine Things )

Cross-posted to [community profile] puppylove and [community profile] harrypotterdays
boundbooks: Zhang Ziyi (sleeping beauty: fairy tale)
Princess Tutu a short original animated series about a duck who is a girl who is a ballet student who is a magical princess who is a swan who is the savior of a kingdom that is at the heart of a world of fairy tales. I swear, that is a completely accurate summation of the plot, and it makes total sense when one watches the series.

In addition to being all of the above, it is also one of the most complex, dense, intertextual, feminist, trope-inverting, didn't-see-it-coming, watching-at-the-edge-of-my-seat, gorgeous, lyrical media pieces I've ever experienced. Princess Tutu takes your expectations and flips them inside out all to a lovely soundtrack and choreography from classical ballet.

I seriously recommend this series to anyone interested in the following: feminism, fairy tales, ballet, and breath-taking complicated emotional story telling.

Princess Tutu is available on Hulu and Netflix.



You'll never take my subversive, deeply feminist Magical Girl anime away from me.


13 Princess Tutu fic recommendations to go with your video. )
boundbooks: Zhang Ziyi (Default)
Yuletide worked out well for me this year. I ended up with six positive comments (including my recipient) and five kudos, which made me extremely happy. My fic received some extremely useful last-minute editing from my friends.

In return, I lucked out! I received not only my Yuletide fic for Red, but a Yuletide Madness fic for Ooku. I'll definitely try to do Yuletide again next year. On to the recs!

Arts & Sciences RPF

The Knight of Infinite Resignation: His love for that princess would become for him the expression of an eternal love, would assume a religious character, would be transfigured into a love of the eternal being, which true enough denied the fulfillment but nevertheless did reconcile him once more in the eternal consciousness of its validity in an eternal form that no actuality can take away from him.

Beauty and the Beast

Shades of Bittersweet: What if Belle married Gaston? A series of vignettes set ten years after Gaston's ultimatum.

Blackadder

God Save The King (And Other Animals): When Private Baldrick bursts in with incredible news, Blackadder is skeptical. This is, in large part, because Private Baldrick is always wrong.

Gargoyles

Beauty I'd Always Missed: Lex had learned the words in the rookery, teasing things to call the other hatchlings, expressions without meaning or context, only "different."

Hark! A Vagrant

The Squid is a Metaphor: There can be no secrets on a pirate ship. Nor, perhaps, should there be.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

Benediction: Yeine visits Darr, afterward.

The Hunger Games

Recommendations Listed )

The Lion in Winter

Mnemosyne: Memory is unreliable. This is more of a tragedy for some than for others.

Mass Effect

Carving Out A New Heart: For Tali, life is a series of adjustments and readjustments.

Oglaf

Recommendations Listed )

Ooku

Recommendations Listed )

Portal

The Game Is a Lie: GLaDOS: the artificial intelligence that cried wolf.

Sociology RPF

Many Forms of Resistance: No one had ever expected a critical theory conference to end so poorly. The worst you could usually expect was that someone would get wine thrown on them.

A Softer World

That'll Teach the Landlord for Saying, "All Utilities Included": People are driving to their jobs. We're in your basement building a time machine.

Tortall – Tamora Pierce

It Could Be Worse: What if there was an ever after for Alanna and Jon?

Vorkosigan Saga – Lois McMaster Bujold

Recommendations Listed )

World of Warcraft

Recommendations Listed )

Young Wizards – Diane Duane

Revelations: Romantic evening at home + Senior duties = Complications
boundbooks: Zhang Ziyi (dostana: sam <3s you)
*cough*

Yes, I went searching for fic. Don't look at me, look at the fics!

Note: Fic title/author/fandom/rating/notes stolen from original author's posts, for the most part. Yes, I am that lazy.

Eight Dostana Sam/Kunal Fics of Excellence )
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