Yay! I’ve been looking forward to this day of the Challenge for aaaages :D The only problem with today is the difficulty I had in choosing just a few fanfics!! :) Decided that I should pick one or two from my three favourite fandoms. It’s only fair, after all ;)
Author: Anna Fugazzi
Word Count: 183,676 words (complete).
Summary: In which Harry and Draco find themselves forced together as victims of a sinister spell – that is, a bonding spell. Like a marriage. Because that’s always going to go down well ;) But is it just a mere accident, or will things turn deadly?
Bloody love this! :D It’s technically an AU, as it’s only canon compliant up to OotP. But then, it was started before HBP and DH were even released, so not surprising! :) I’ve re-read it more times that I care to count – it is a long fic, but deliciously so!
I just adore how in character both Harry and Draco are, and how convincingly they wade themselves through their situation. Of course they’re going to hate each other, and try to kill each other, if they’re suddenly thrown into a bond. Anna gives us some really really sweet moments too, nice fluff to counteract all the angst going on. The way they interact with each other is just utterly perfect. Plus, the fact that life still goes on around them – the politics with Death Eaters and Voldemort and all that – really shapes the fic’s universe. The picture is from an illustration made especially for ‘Bond‘ :) It’s one of the more famous Harry/Draco stories, as the amount of reviews clearly shows!! If you’re into Harry/Draco fanfic, and you haven’t read it, or heard of it, something must be wrong with you ;)
Word Count: 287,717 words (complete).
Summary: Draco thinks he’s doing the right thing, kidnapping Harry and taking him to Voldemort. It’s the perfect plan… but when Draco’s world turns upside down, the fight to save himself – and Harry bloody Potter! – begins, and the battle will take them to hell and back. That is, if they come back.
This fic is also canon compliant up to OotP, and is even longer than ‘Bond‘ – but this is definitely a good thing ;) Once again, Harry and Draco are forced to work together, but this time, they’re completely on their own. The setting is the outdoors, for the most part, which is magical! There are some super cute moments, and some angsty moments, both of which satisfy the squee. I remember staying up until around 3am many nights – it’s true!! – just to read more of this. Truly addictive, one that I’ve re-read many times too. This is also an illustration done especially for the fic. Love it! :)
Title: To The Sticking Place
Word Count: 105,814 words (complete).
Summary: AU. Torchwood One Agent!Ianto is a ruthless bastard. The end justifys the means. Failure is not an option. There is always a choice, except when there isn’t. This is Ianto Jones – on the surface, at least – and no one seems to be able to get near enough to get deeper than that. Not even Jack Harkness. Right?
*fangirls* Okay, this is one of the most bloody believeable AU fics I’ve read, for any fandom! Ianto in this fic is completely the opposite of what he is like in Torchwood – he’s a BAMF, but sometimes, it’s easy to hate him. He just seems so damn cold! Of course, the magic of Zephyras’ skill is the unravelling of his complex character… gosh! I just love it. It’s wonderfully written, and don’t let the length of the chapters put you off. It definitely doesn’t have as many reviews as it deserves, but it is a relatively new fic. And her first Torchwood fic, believe it or not! This pic wasn’t made specifically for this fic – it’s actually a sketch of the 1×12 “Captain Jack Harkness” episode, where Ianto is about to shoot Owen for opening the rift. Basically, BAMF. And I thought this pic suited the fic perfectly :D
Title: Jones and Harkness
Author: Furious Dee
Word Count: 157,199 words (now complete).
Summary: AU. Based on Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Wooster series! Jack Harkness is a rich, foolish and flirtatious layabout. Enter Ianto Jones, professional valet and master of subtlety. The mismatched pair becomes impossibly close, but at what cost in 1930’s Wales? Hilarity, fluff, and the odd dash of angst – perfect combination!
Okay, so this fic is still in progress, but it is already that good! It is written by the gorgeous, talented Furious Dee, who I frequently am distracted by on Twitter and Skype ;) She’s combined Jeeves and Wooster with Torchwood, altering both canons perfectly to suit the story line of ‘Jones and Harkness‘. I delight in finding references to Torchwood quotes, or even Jeeves and Wooster quotes – this fic has converted me, you see! I particularly adore the way in which she gets inside Ianto and Jack’s heads – so convincing, so easy to imagine and live! As Bertie would say about Jeeves, what a marvel! ;)
[EDIT: This fic is now FINISHED! Which is both sad and wonderful. Luckily she's planning a sequel or two... *dances*]
Title: A Love With No Name (series)
Word Count: 49,955 words (WiP?)
Summary: In which Asexual!Sherlock and Straight!John are platonically in love life partners. Involving cute moments of love and understanding.
Aaaah!! Seriously, this turns me into such a fangirl, it’s embarrassing. It’s. Just. So. Cute! The idea of Sherlock – a sociopath, by his own diagnosis – caring so much about a human being – John, no less – is very sweet. I like the angle that the asexual element brings to these fics too. It’s by no means essential to reading the fics, but it’s an apt way of describing how far the fics will go. There’s no sex here – I know, the horror… ;) It’s all about the emotional connection. Which is true to their characters, in every version of Sherlock Holmes really. Their relationship really is unique, and fascinating to explore. Love this! I just found this fan art, wasn’t made specifically for this series. Wonderful, isn’t it? :)
Phew! So, that’s a short, selective list of my favourite fanfics. It’s funny to realise that they’re all kind of AU, to some extent. I think the most important thing to me, though, is how faithful the fics are to the characters. Honestly so believeable, and wonderful.
I’d love to hear from you guys!! Have any of you stumbled across these ones before? Do you have any fic recommendations yourselves? Super keen.