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Almost There (A Disney Office AU) by [ profile] cest_what
Rating: PG | 4,221 words | Jane Porter/Fa Mulan
Summary: In which Jane has a crush and a dream, Mulan is determined but asleep on her feet, and Shang is possibly stalking Aladdin.
This is such an excellent AU; there's this whole cast of Disney characters in this and they've been slotted into place in a modern office so well. Everything fits together here perfectly and the story told here manages to be charming and a little funny and fluffy and real. The tone of this piece feels like a dead-on match for its parenthetical title, basically, which is incredibly satisfying. The romance arc is adorable and Aladdin and Jane's friendship is pretty prominent, which is great. There's a lot of really awesome detail in this; it's such a delightful read.

the girl with the celluloid stare by [ profile] graceoftheworld
Rating: NC-17 | 2,189 words | Vicky-T/Greta
She likes caramel soy latt├ęs, and assam tea with maple syrup, and chocolate eclairs, and almond croissants. She has the sweetest smile. She wears summer dresses in winter and lots of bracelets on her arms. Her bag is covered in punk buttons. Vicky-T hands her change to her and thinks, *I could just eat you right up*.
I love the depiction of Vicky-T's kind of fixation in this, how there's this theme with her of how sweet Greta is. I love the realness of this, how Vicky-T's a little mean and Greta's a bit undignified. I love the kind of flirtatious banter that they have in this and how much of a bandom story this is, with that realness, those flaws, and all of the setting that isn't in the coffeeshop - that's set in some club or party instead; it's awesome.

Words That I Can't Say by [ profile] lady_ragnell
Rating: G | 8,087 words | Elena/Mithian
Summary: Elena's got a massive crush on her politics TA, and Mithian's doing absolutely nothing to discourage it.
This work is part of a trilogy, each work of which focuses on a different character's romance set around the same period, so, what that translates to is a really adorable B-plot and that the characters who aren't Elena and Mithian clearly have other things going on and are their own people; this is another really fleshed out universe. Elena and Mithian are wonderful and bond over books and history, all without setting off my abuse of power squick, and are just generally delighted by each other; it's wonderful. It's also a really great university AU, specifically; Elena and her best friend have favourite study hang-outs and a preferred source of warm caffeinated beverages, correspondences with people who've left school, and the setting is just generally very much lived in - it's great.
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Mechanic!Gwen by [ profile] yue_ix
SFW; art; Gwen
So, this is not a picture of Morgana. There is a distinct lack of Morgana. It is gorgeous, though, so I am reccing it. It's made up of these wonderful warm colours and features steampunk!mechanic!Gwen. It's lovely. I love the sketchy poster background and the dragon. I love how clearly Gwen this person is.

On Swefnum, Incuthra Eorthan by [ profile] srin
Rating: PG; 1,300 words; Gwen/Morgana, hints of Arthur/Merlin, various
Summary: Morgana sleeps, and sees other facets of the archetypes in her life.
Morgana dreams of the Arthurian multiverse. It's fun and funny and touching and wonderful. It's this great mix of things, silly and serious, joyful and sad. (There's some good critique in it, too!)

Remember Me As A Time Of Day by [personal profile] such_heights
Rating: PG-13; 1,400 words; Gwen/Morgana
In an open field, under a morning sky, two women sleep.
Gorgeous amnesia!fic, elegant and moving. It's kind of ridiculously pretty, like a quiet sad song. There are some really fantastic lines in this; it's excellent fic.

Blood Makes Noise by [personal profile] avendya
This vid is a really fantastic look at Morgana and the place that she finds herself in. The song choice is excellent. I have a lot of love for the message of this vid, what it portrays and the way that it explores Morgana's motivations; it does an excellent job of getting its message across.
(Song: Blood Makes Noise by Suzanne Vega)
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Since we are, in fact, going there:

There is a rather good Newbie Guide for the Merlin Fandom written by [ profile] shopfront. It seems wondrously thorough.


[ profile] dodificus has a rather fine list of most excellent fic.

[ profile] greensilver recs quite a bit of fine fic.

[ profile] merelyn Recs, quite bouncily, a number of different pairings.

[ profile] fiercynn has a large collection of bookmarks on delicious.
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This, essentially, is what I have bookmarked in the last 24 hours. I am usually slow to rec, something which has been commented on obliquely in the past. So, now, I forge new territory in my adventurer's scarf.

the electric things have their life, too by [ profile] steammmpunk
Stargate: Atlantis
I find people with electrical and/or mechanical components fascinating. This is a cyberpunk AU art, and it is gorgeous and I am filled with great love for the title.

Hello Kitty Vader
I have a love of costuming and strange things. Accordingly, this amuses me greatly. I am, however, slightly disturbed by the tattoos.

And No One Exists Alone by Philipa Moss
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Rating: PG
My fondness for this and essentially fic written in this fandom tends to get all tangled up in my fondness of and frustration with canon. It's a story about how Matthew and Gareth met, and it's lovely.

A Narrow Bridge by [ profile] kassrachel
Stargate: Atlantis
Rating: R
This is the Yeshiva* AU, as such, it's essentially set in a universe I know next to nothing about. [The location is not incidental to the story, so I spent a fair bit of my time reading this being kind of fascinated at the religious parts of the story, (religion is a thing of great mystery to me) and that culture. I got something that I hadn't before.] It works really well.

*Jewish school

Need by [ profile] newkidfan
Oh, this is pretty and jazzy and sexy. There's this gorgeous stuttery-ness to it in places, like someone can't stay fixed in one place, like they're a little overwelmed.
(Song: Dawna by Morphine)

Fostered by [ profile] rageprufrock
Rating: PG
It's a very cute and happy and wonderful little story. There is a dragon in it, which endears it to me to no end. It's all so wonderfully sweet and there are these utterly charming little bits of humour threaded throughout.
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10,000 Nights of Thunder by [ profile] mamoru22
Merlin gives everything Arthur throws at him right on back ('cause he's just ace like that). It's a wonderful, happy, flowy vid that bounces right along with its incredibly happy song. There are a lot of "Arthur's face! It is wonderful!" moments for me in this (0:23, 0:57, and 1:45 are especially nice). Overall reaction to this vid, is generally: *squishes them*
(Song: 10,000 Nights by Alphabeat)

Unsteady Ground by [ profile] cherryice
It's the more sinister side of Camelot, the danger and darkness that are all tangled up with magic and morality there. It's gorgeous, and quite casual in it's beauty. The transitions are fascinating to watch, and the interplay of the visual and audio is nice. "Haunting" is a good word, and I've quite fallen in love with the song at this point.
(Song: Unsteady Ground by Catherine Feeny)

Red by [ profile] obsessive24
Like Unsteady Ground it's another shot of the legend proper, and a reminder of what that legend is. It's gorgeous, and for a while that was all I knew about the vid; I had this sense that there was something it was trying to show me beyond the little snatches I was getting. It does not lend itself to the sort of tongue in cheek summaries I'll sometimes do of books and films. I took notes through one of my many viewings, (because, yes, I am that person,) and, among everything else, I've got "Merlin" written down multiple times and repeatedly underscored to add emphasis to the one word sentences it kept popping up in.
(Song: Red by Elbow)


Jan. 14th, 2009 09:51 pm
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In celebration of the DADT reveal [ profile] mcsmooch is on. (and also [ profile] non_mcsmooch) Accordingly, I bring you insta!recs!

This Moment by [ profile] hestia_lacey
Rating: PG
When the news breaks there's dancing, music, and champagne; the city is wonderful.

Breaking the Silence by [ profile] villainny
Rating: PG
It's a kiss, and John's adorable and wonderful.

A Stooge For Your Charms by [ profile] trolleys
Merlin art. There's champagne, and "Arthur is a slightly drunken princess"; it's awesome.
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Tear You Apart by [ profile] bradcpu
The happiest ship in the world made bloody disturbing. It explores a very interesting idea. I love the use of secondary footage in this vid.
(Song: Tear You Apart by She Wants Revenge)

Handlebars by [ profile] flummery
Doctor Who
The video synchs with the lyrics of the audio in all sorts of wonderful ways. It is, by turns, wonderfully amusing and frigheningly true in the story it tells. It reminds me of a number of the doctor's more scary aspects and the ending is perfect.
(Song: Handlebars by Flobots)

The Bitch Prince by [ profile] wistful_fever
Arthur is such a bitch. The vid's incredibly pretty and rather well structured. Much of what I like about the show is here.
(Song: Bitch by Meredith Brooks)


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