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Since [personal profile] thelastgoodname was kind enough to respond to my inquiry regarding said topic with a nice commentary and a neat list (which you can find here), I thought I'd do the same. Feel free to chime in with your own top 5 in the comments. I'm always curious to see what's good to re-read.

Top 5 Fanfics that you Love to Re-read
Like [personal profile] thelastgoodname these are not necessarily the best works that I've read but they push some major buttons (comfort, amusement, etc.) for me. It also looks like [personal profile] thelastgoodname was firm enough to stick with only fanfic (and not the uber) so my pool of picks might be quite small to start with.

1. Rules of The Game by Bailey B (J/7)* (Voyager)
Voyager gets back to Earth; Janeway immerses herself with her court-martial and tries to tiptoe around Counselor Troy while ignoring Chakotay and 7's upcoming wedding preparations.

This has some of the best monologues about leadership I've seen for the ST:V femslash genre, certainly. But more than that I love the character development, the intricacies of the details, the way the interactions between the characters felt like they stemmed from some place real rather than imagined. It also has angst in all its glory; my kind of awesome, because it's not really gratuitous. We need more from Bailey B.

2. A Princess' Tale and it's sequel, Fear Not The Wind by Janine, aka [livejournal.com profile] fembuck (The Mummy, The Mummy Returns)
Was there more to Nefertiti and Anuk Su Amun's relationship?

I've loved this series since I got into the femslash, which was oh...a decade ago or so ago. It's not just the setting about ancient egyptians that did it for me. The interactions between the two main characters were remarkably sweet and comforting, the modern-day interactions were spot on, and...even though in hindsight it might be a bit cheesy with all its soul-mate insertions, the soul-mate idea doesn't overpower the general story, which is a plus in my book.

Janine has shown her versatility many times, over a variety of genres--like with her X Men series, and the DWP genre. Since she's raving about the "gayer than gay" episode of Rizzoli and Isles (s01e06, where Rizzoli goes undercover in a lesbian bar), I predict that the internets will explode with R&I femslash. Several on LJ have commented that it's probably the gayest show on tv right now and there might be some truth to that. But I digress.

3. When in Doubt, Wear Red by [livejournal.com profile] thelastgoodname (Andrea/Miranda)* (The Devil Wears Prada)
"The person whose calls you always take? That's the relationship you're in." What if instead of leaving Miranda in Paris, Andy stays? Great characterizations, strong writing and editing, and naturalmente, great sizzling sex. Really. Don't miss this.

[personal profile] thelastgoodname has already mentioned [livejournal.com profile] somniesperus and [livejournal.com profile] chilly_flame's works for this genre so I'll try not to overlap. This is (unsurprisingly) the fic that I use to "convert" the "uneducated" masses to the DWP genre and it is one where, upon first reading, I was fawning over the characterizations and savoring the last few bits. It's kind of difficult to describe what I like about it, because there's so much. lol

4. Walking the Line: Book 1 & Book 2 by XF Stew, Walking the Line: Trust Someone by Ainsley Wallace & XF Stew, The Second Noel by Ainsley Wallace (X-Files)
Best way to make an impression? Do a huge faceplant in the middle of Moby Dick in the law library. Scully and Kaz's story, perhaps one of my favorite Scully/other.

This is another one from my earlier fanfic reading days. I liked the fact that the two characters meet in the most unusual way, and the way its relationship progressions seemed to flow quite naturally. I also loved it so much because I attach it to a particular time in my life where I was seeking reassurance about family support systems, and the story was so positive and affirming. It's like comfort food, I guess; the one you go to when you're feeling kind of down, much like Janine's. I also liked the fact that it touched somewhat on 'don't ask, don't tell' without being overtly political.

5. Jewel of the Nile by Anna (Harry Potter, Hermione / various (warning: het)) (sequel to Roman Holiday)
Hermione gets an offer to study in Egypt at an institute of Higher Education, ahead of her peers. (The Egyptian section starts on part 68-69 of Roman Holiday, btw, so I'd advise you to start from Roman Holiday.)

I liked the Roman Holiday, the first in this series, but the action, romance, and mystery depicted here is on a different scale altogether. It's very smart writing (eg: I like the bits on magical ethnomusicology), and yes, while the fic features Egypt as a backdrop, I find its depiction to be quite nuanced and informed.

Date: 2010-08-23 12:06 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
My list
1/ A Brave New World and the sequel: Welcome to the Fold by fembuck (Blade)
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3626231/1/A_Brave_New_World
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5290279/1/Welcome_to_the_Fold
Quite angsty but yet romantic and cute, my # 1 :) Of course, hot sex scene where Krista and Chase are fighting to be the top is a plus

2/ Underneath It All by fembuck (X-men)
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2938382/1/Underneath_It_All
Fluffy and fun fic

3/ Spark, Hybrid and Synthesis by Harrier (L & O: SVU)
http://www.ralst.com/Spark.HTM
http://www.ralst.com/Hybrid.HTM
http://www.ralst.com/Synthesis.HTM
Alex Cabot return from the death and get her girl

4/ Twist of Fate by Darkenedkarma (Birds of Prey)
http://xenafiction.net/scrolls/darkenedkarma_twist_of_fate.html
AU, Barbara is not in wheelchair and is kicking ass with Helena

5/ No Defense For You by Dreiser (Harry Potter)
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2938382/1/Underneath_It_All
Interesting pairing of Hermione and Fleur. It has a sequel, AUCUNE DEFENSE POUR TOI, by D. Geheimnis

eneri

Date: 2010-08-24 03:57 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Well I don't read a lot of fanfiction, and I kind of get stuck on the same fandom for a bit (as right now with DWP), also I really like long, multi-chaptered stories, so these are few of my faves..

1. After Larkhall Series - G. L. Dartt (Bad Girls)
http://www.northco.net/~janeway/BGindex.html
Pretty long and awesome continuation of the Nikki-Helen storyline from the show. I was craving for a little bit more from them after Nikki's release and BG was my introduction to ff :)

2. So wrong, it's right - Troatie (Grey's Anatomy)
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4305251/1/So_Wrong_Its_Right
An Izzie/Addison fluffy, loving goodness

3. She likes a prizefight by Telanu (DWP)
http://telanu.thirteenblackbirds.net/prada.html
Anything seriously, she's awesome. I love T&M, but whenever I need a quick Mirandy fix I go there and re-read this verse, I love how we get to know their relationship from different sides.

4. Clean rooms and dirty light by Chainofclovers (DWP)
http://chainofclovers.livejournal.com/6731.html
Again, I like everything from this author, but this story is just perfection.

5. Small Favors Series by Chilly_flame (DWP)
http://chilly-flame.livejournal.com/
The first story from DWP that I read was Mercy by chilly_flame also (through the femlash_today archive), and it just blew my mind, so I had to watch the movie again and asked myself how did I miss the chemestry between them and the rest is history. I said it, I absolutely love long stories, but this one's beautifully written, I just feel pretty happy after I read it.

SR :)

Date: 2010-09-21 04:47 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] thelastgoodname
It's one thing to get recced; it's another thing entirely to be on a list like this. Of course, I take my responsibility as your DWP gateway story seriously.

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