Firstly, my gift:James and the Big Apple
That was perfect
I CAN'T EVEN.
I want to squish this story to little bits and carry it around with me like a teddy-bear wherever I go, because it's exactly what I asked for in a future!fic for James & the Giant Peach
, and I LOVE THE TITLE THAT IS SO BRILLIANT and yes!
- my writer is definitely made of awesomesauce.
The tone is just what I wanted - light and whimsical - and all of the voices are down perfectly
. I honestly couldn't have asked for more.
Now to go read it a couple hundred more times.
Okay, so I've barely
scratched the surface of all the gold
currently residing in the Ao3 archives for Yuletide (OMG WHY ARE THERE SO MANY GOOD FICS) but here are some that I've got currently saved in my brand spankin' new Yuletide Stories
folder in my bookmarks!
1) Through a Glass, Darkly
(His Dark Materials
, Will/Lyra) - Oh, man. I love this story. It gives one of my many OTPs hope for a happy ending. I swear, the end of HDM has to be one of the most tragic
endings I've ever read, and I always, always
cry during The Amber Spyglass
, so something like this gives me a glimmer of hope that they could get a happy ending, too.
(His Dark Materials
, Lord Asriel/Marisa Coulter) - This one's actually been getting a lot of exposure in a lot of other people's recs, and I have to put in my own two cents into it. I loved it. It's written beautifully, and really gives you insight into the relationship of Lord Asriel and Mrs Coulter. I've always been fascinated by them, and I admit I ship them too, so this was a nice treat to read.
They fall, together, in the name of the child; they fall in the name of a love that seized them both and grew beyond that which they could comprehend. They fall until their eyes and hands and tongues are useless, yet they fall still, and the parts of them that are left entwine and metamorphose in a display that will never be observed, an invisible cycle that exists within the unending nothingness and sustains itself, sustains them, independent of everything, independent even of time. And they fall.
3) The Geographic Cure
, Artemis & Apollo) - I am a sucker for Greek mythology, but combine this with Neil Gaiman's American Gods world, and you get an amazing story like this. The Anonymous author has such a great grasp of character and story - I loved the interaction between Artemis and Apollo, and how seamlessly the author wrote them into Neil's dark, slightly corrupt and equally as intriguing world.
4) Second Guessing
(20th-21st c. Canadian Politics
, Stephen Harper, Peter MacKay) - OMG. I can't even believe this exists, but HOLY CRAP I am so glad it does, because there is CANADIAN POLITICS FANFICTION. It almost makes me want to write a fanfic about Stefan Dion.
Best line: "You were on Reach for the Top
," he offered weakly.
LOLOL. Please read it for the hilarity alone.
, Olive) - Okay. I just had
to add this after finishing my reading of it. It's been in my bookmarks for a day or so now, but I just finished it and OMG. It is likely one of the
best Pushing Daisies fanfics I've ever read. It reads exactly like an episode of the show, and the author's characterization of all the cast - particularly
Olive - are completely and utterly spot on. I mean - AHH. So fiercely in love with this. Every part is perfect and so in tune with the show's atmosphere. The humour and heartwarming bits are all there, all the way down to the silly, storybook way they often talk. And the narrator's backstory for Olive at the beginning was perfect. Just - this story is perfect.
"Because," Chuck continues in a softer voice, closing her eyes. "When he's around you – around someone that he knows, that knows him, who – who loves him and who doesn't know – he can – he can be himself, you know? He can just be the Piemaker, the guy who makes pies and is sweet and shy and wonderful and who has no complications. No strange gifts. Just … Ned." Chuck turns, takes Olive's hands in her own. "He can be who he really wants to be." Her eyes turn suddenly sad and shiny. Olive kind of wants to hug her. "When he's around you."
6) Jamie Hamilton's Rotten Luck
(The Homeward Bounders
, Jamie Hamilton) - Just ... LOL. It's adorable little fic in true Jamie voice. His reaction to ending up at a certain magic school (which I hadn't expected) is priceless. As is his reaction to having to do things. Read it; it's short and sweet and you won't regret it.
7) Light and Literature
, Black Adder, Prince George) - This read like an episode of Blackadder. I was giggling at the hilarious banter between the two of them; it's written so well with perfect timing on the jokes. The author showed a very strong understanding for wittiness and humour, definitely.
“These are troubled times, Your Highness. I’m afraid the dragons have all been slain, the troll bridges have all been burned,” Blackadder said as he moved from one lamp to another, and began refilling it, “and the mermaids have all been sent fully clothed to the nunnery at Yarmouth.”
Oh, you can bet there will
be more recs. I've got a bunch saved to said folder that I still need to read. I love Yuletide.