Jan. 2nd, 2012

runespoor: 8-year old bruce kneeling in his parents' blood in Crime Alley (down on your knees)
The challenge for day one is to rec three of one's own creations.

Have three fics:
Storgê - Gotham loves Batman, Batman needs a Robin. PG-13. Bring your own subtext.
Still my favourite of my Gotham-eats-her-children fic. It's Gotham's PoV, it's meta thinly disguised as fic, it's subtext gone wild, and I love it very much, and consider it one of the best things I've written.

Why Stir the Memory - Tim never tried to clone Steph. PG. Tim/Steph, Cass/Steph.
It's almost a rule that everyone involved in Batfandom must write a fixit tackling the issue of War Games and the treatment of Steph. I came unto Batland late to feel the shock and aftershocks of it, but this is mine. Specifically, it focuses on the erasing of Stephanie Brown from Tim's world.

That Mission I Volunteered for - Naruto and Sakura run to rescue Sasuke; Ino tags alongs. PG-13. Naruto/Sakura/Sasuke, Ino/Sakura.
The writing probably (certainly) could be better, but I love it because it's an actual story, with a beginning and an end, it features many characters that I love, and it's about some of my favourite narratives tropes. It's got Ino, who is judgemental and superficial and vicious and loyal and in love with Sakura; it's got Naruto/Sakura/Sasuke and the formers' efforts to get through to the latter; it's got Itachi's presence and Sasuke's uncomfortable team. It's got loyalty and heroics and heartbreak, all things that I am extremely fond of. It's been years since I read it, and there's no doubt it could be better written, but I'm still very much in love with the idea.
The challenge for day 2 is to rec at least three fanworks (fic, art, meta, recipe, tattoo, joke) that you didn’t create, the lesser known the better. I’m not very good at the “the lesser known the better”, I don’t think, but have some anyway.

First of all, I would like to recommend [livejournal.com profile] __marcelo’s fic to anyone interested in DC fandom. His fics are short and amaaaaaaazing. They can be hilarious (Group Think), heartbreaking (Domino), adorable (Trébuchet), or just plain creepy (Inspiration). He writes awesome quasi-meta fics (Perfect) about people in Gotham (When/If), great crossovers between the DCAU and the DCU (Visit) and lots of clever AUs (Truth, Justice, and the American Way) – no, seriously, lots. One of my favourite bit of DC meta/fic ever is this fic about Robins: Prodigies. I’ve missed many of my favourite fics of his there, so take it as a blanket rec.

Also by Marcelo, this Q & A regarding Bruce and Jason, which I heartily recommend to anyone who likes Jason, but especially shippers. No, it's entirely gen-like-canon. *grin*

Take a minute to read one fic, or take an afternoon to go through ALL THE FICS. You won’t be disappointed. (Oh, and check this out: one more thing Cass and Steph have in common about their dads, y/y?)

While on the subject, I am going to pimp again [personal profile] katarik’s fics, but most especially The Red and Running Life, as one of the best perspectives on Cass’ ability to read body language. Like Cass, it is short and amazing. Also by Katarik, this rant/review on Devin Grayson’s contribution to the Batmythos. Written in 2006, it’s almost entirely positive and I read it when I want the fuzzy feelings.

And a last:
Wonders to Perform by [livejournal.com profile] rubynye: a tree grows in the city, and Robins fly through her branches. Because fic about the love story between Gotham, its inhabitants, and the Bats, make me very happy.



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