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Star Wars ST: Tactical Surrender by Destinies
Summary: “It was foolish of you to come here,” he says. “You won’t escape this time.”

Rey looks at him, at the Stormtroopers, at the combat walkers. She gives the illusion of thinking it over, and then says, “You’re right."

She presents her wrists to him. “I surrender myself to the authority of the First Order.”

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Three years after the Battle of Crait, Rey, Resistance hero and teacher to a budding new Jedi Order, once again delivers herself into the hands of the enemy. To provide cover for a maneuver that could deal a serious blow to the First Order, she must gamble with the thing she knows its Supreme Leader wants most: herself.
Reccer's Notes: The author has tagged this with Beauty and the Beast elements and Cinderella elements and I went in with no idea what that would mean in a canon-compliant fic. Then I was like, okay, how have I never noticed that Rey is basically Beauty and Kylo Ren is basically Beast except with less fur and more patricide? (Is the Dark Side the curse? Hmmn, sort of.) It's a delicious tropey rollercoaster of sex and feelings and First Order politicking and a fancy dress ball. Two thumbs up.

(The author tries hard to keep things on the super tame side of dubcon, but Rey's still technically a prisoner, so ymmv.)
fandom:star.wars  pairing:kylo.ren/rey  length:80.000&more.words  creator:destinies  theme:folklore&fairytales  theme:epic.works  theme:novel-length.fic  theme:enemies.to.lovers  reccer:dirty_diana 
april 2019 by fancake
DC on CW/DC's Legends of Tomorrow: Ghost Riders in the Sky by killbothtwins
Summary: Leonard Snart is not quite done yet after the Oculus explodes. Puns are made, things are frozen, and vegetables are eaten. Captain Cold is going to take care of this team if it kills him.
Again.
Reccer's Notes: Team fic is one of my faves, and I was really sad to not manage to make any recs for it. So like Leonard Snart, I will try to redeem myself. I never tire of the time ghost Snart trope, and this is a fun version that smartly utilises Snart's cynical and occasionally dramatic pov. It's built on the bones of their entertaining/ridiculous Season 2 adventures, with some extra plot and danger to spice things up.
fandom:legends.of.tomorrow  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:leonard.snart  character:mick.rory  character:amaya.jiwe  character:sara.lance  character:ray.palmer  character:rip.hunter  character:jefferson.jackson  character:martin.stein  character:nate.heywood  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:killbothtwins  theme:amnesty  theme:(not.really).character.death  theme:fix-it  theme:families.of.choice  theme:action/adventure  reccer:dirty_diana  theme:teams 
december 2017 by fancake
Daredevil (TV): In the City of Blinding Lights by Mizzy
Summary: Matt's come up with a long list of lies to cover for his night-time activities. Foggy pretending to be Matt's boyfriend wasn't on that list for a very good reason.
Reccer's Notes: Tropey crime-fighting fun! An entertaining action fic that involves lots of Matt punching things in Foggy's defense and stubbornly missing the totally obvious.
fandom:daredevil.(tv)  pairing:foggy.nelson/matt.murdock  length:20.000-40.000.words  creator:mizzy  theme:mutual.pining  theme:pining  theme:superpowers  theme:slow.burn  theme:pretend.couple  theme:friends.to.lovers  theme:first.time  theme:disability  theme:action/adventure  reccer:dirty_diana 
july 2017 by fancake
Daredevil (TV): Something Dumb to Do by poisonivory
Summary: If Matt and Foggy get married, Foggy will never be forced to testify against Daredevil. It doesn't mean anything has to change, right?
Reccer's Notes: Two dumb New York lawyers decide to get fake-married, which ends up not being all that fake because of the real feelings they've both been pretending not to have. Engaging, adorable ride.
fandom:daredevil.(tv)  pairing:foggy.nelson/matt.murdock  length:20.000-40.000.words  creator:poisonivory  theme:pining  theme:mutual.pining  theme:superpowers  theme:slow.burn  theme:marriage  theme:marriage.of.convenience  theme:friends.to.lovers  theme:first.time  theme:disability  reccer:dirty_diana 
july 2017 by fancake
Killjoys: hands fall together by egelantier
Summary: Dutch and Johnny investigate a mysterious abandoned RAC outpost, get in trouble, and solve a question of trust.
Reccer's Notes: With mystery dangers in space, and Dutch and Johnny building the trust that the show revolves around, this is a great gen story to help you get through the hiatus.
fandom:killjoys  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:dutch.(killjoys)  character:johnny.jaqobis  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:egelantier  theme:action/adventure  theme:female.characters  theme:characters.of.color  reccer:dirty_diana 
may 2017 by fancake
MCU/Avengers: You To Believe In by CaptainBucky
Summary: Wanda's journey to superhero, featuring Clint. Contains fast cuts, fast action, blinky/black card transitions, competing audio tracks (music/dialogue)
Reccer's Notes: This vid took me on a rollercoaster emotional journey, especially via really effective use of the bridge.
fandom:marvel.cinematic.universe  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:clint.barton.(hawkeye)  character:wanda.maximoff  non-fic.recs:fanvid  creator:captainbucky  theme:action/adventure  theme:female.characters  reccer:dirty_diana  length:0-5.minutes 
may 2017 by fancake
MCU/Avengers: The Phoenix by TatyanaOracle
Summary: Hawkeye character vid. Contains fast cuts, fast action, black card transitions, blur effects and flash effects. Not viewable on mobile.
Reccer's Notes: This vid is an intriguing character study. Also a fun and fast-paced celebration of Clint shooting things. *hearteyes emoji*
fandom:marvel.cinematic.universe  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:clint.barton.(hawkeye)  non-fic.recs:fanvid  creator:tatyanaoracle  theme:action/adventure  theme:competence  reccer:dirty_diana  length:0-5.minutes 
may 2017 by fancake
Jupiter Ascending: To Be Sure of You by splash_the_cat
Summary: Vladie is sure Jupiter is caught up in something, maybe something bad, and he's bound and determined to... Well, okay, let's be honest, he's probably going make it so much worse.
Reccer's Notes: This is a fascinatingly off-beat idea. Caine and Vladie unexpectedly make a fun (and effective!) team up. The connection of their shared love for Jupiter is felt, even though she never makes an appearance in the fic.
fandom:jupiter.ascending  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:caine.wise  character:vladie.bolotnikov  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:splash_the_cat  theme:action/adventure  theme:outsider.pov  theme:minor.characters  reccer:dirty_diana 
may 2017 by fancake
Killjoys: Brooklyn Gamma by bingeling
Summary: Leave some doom for the lucky ones. A season 1 vid from Johnny's POV. Warnings as listed.
Reccer's Notes: A lovely look at all the danger Team Killjoys gets up to. Especially recommended if your favourite Johnny is bad-ass Johnny, which it should be!
fandom:killjoys  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:johnny.jaqobis  character:d'avin.jaqobis  character:dutch.(killjoys)  non-fic.recs:fanvid  creator:bingeling  theme:action/adventure  theme:science.fiction  theme:small.fandoms  theme:family  theme:families.of.choice  reccer:dirty_diana  length:0-5.minutes 
may 2017 by fancake
MCU/Agent Carter: Pistol Packin' Mama by Sholio
Summary: "Due to your deplorable habit of showing up at all hours of the day and night, any useful Leviathan-related gossip from the neighbors has been replaced by speculation that 'Marge' is cheating on poor 'Dan' with a blond scoundrel -- Jack, if you don't stop laughing, I will hit you with my shoe." (Or: Peggy and Daniel go undercover as a married couple in the suburbs.)
Reccer's Notes: Really fun undercover as a couple fic, plus Jack who just can't seem to stay away. Lots of in-character banter, and the danger that seems to follow Peggy everywhere.
fandom:agent.carter  fandom:marvel.cinematic.universe  pairing:daniel.sousa/jack.thompson/peggy.carter  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:sholio  theme:action/adventure  theme:undercover.as.a.couple  theme:pretend.couple  theme:m/m/f.threesomes  theme:polyamory  theme:casefic  reccer:dirty_diana 
may 2017 by fancake
MCU/Avengers: Smashed by qwanderer
Summary: Bruce Banner hasn't left this tower since the Incident. It's really quite generous of Ross to continue to let him live here, after how disastrously wrong the experiments went - here, where he can maybe avoid hurting anyone else ever again.

Then some guy with a bow shows up.
Reccer's Notes: This is a really fun Avengers/Tangled mashup, with Bruce as the princess who doesn't even realise that he needs to be saved. Sassy chameleon Tony Stark may be my favourite fanfic animal familiar.
fandom:marvel.cinematic.universe  pairing:bruce.wayne/clark.kent  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:qwanderer  theme:action/adventure  theme:au  theme:au:complete.au  theme:au:complete.au:fairytales  theme:au:complete.au:fusion  theme:crossovers&fusions  reccer:dirty_diana 
may 2017 by fancake
Star Trek AOS: Ship of Dreams by LonaMyLona
Summary: In the wake of The Enterprise Incident, Kirk and Spock are asked to undertake an even more dangerous mission: bringing down an arm of the Orion Syndicate. This mission requires them to go deeply undercover for an undetermined length of time, Jim as a slave trader, Spock as a slave. Only a few key higher-ups in the Federation are in on the plot. In order to get the entire galaxy to believe they're serious, Jim sells Spock into slavery and goes rogue as a slave runner with the core of his crew, who are all hunted as outlaws by the rest of the Federation.
Reccer's Notes: An immersive, well-written ride into the galactic slave trade. Make sure you've got time to read the whole thing, and be prepared to be stressed out in all the best ways.
fandom:star.trek.reboot  pairing:james.t.kirk/spock  length:80.000&more.words  creator:lonamylona  theme:action/adventure  theme:epic.works  theme:novel-length.fic  theme:worldbuilding  theme:plotty.fic  theme:psychic.powers  reccer:dirty_diana 
may 2017 by fancake
Star Trek AOS: Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder by laughter_now
Summary: Why ever would Leonard want a boring day with nothing worse but a case of the sniffles to treat, when he could crawl through the maintenance shafts of a space station filled with Klingons instead? It's an odd chain of events that lead him to this point, but when push comes to shove (and Klingons come knocking), someone's gotta take charge and make sure they all survive until help arrives.
Reccer's Notes: If Leonard McCoy is your favourite crew member aboard Enterprise, and you wish he had more to do instead of Jim and Spock hogging all the glory? Then have I got a fic for you. In which Bones is transferred away from his husband to a lonely space station. There are space bureaucrats and deadly viruses, and of course Klingons! All the makings of an edge your seat sci fi adventure, and tons of fun.
fandom:star.trek.reboot  pairing:james.t.kirk/leonard.mccoy  length:80.000&more.words  creator:laughter_now  theme:action/adventure  theme:novel-length.fic  theme:competence  theme:established.relationship  theme:plotty.fic  reccer:dirty_diana 
may 2017 by fancake
MCU/Avengers: Run This Town by avengergasm
Summary: victory's within the mile/almost there, don't give up now/only thing that's on my mind/is who's gonna run this town tonight. Contains fast cuts, fast action, stuttery/strobey effects (multiple cuts within the same scene, black cards between frames).
Reccer's Notes: So this song is pretty overused as action vids go, but I promise you won't even notice! The vidder does a lot of cool things with the musicality of this song, harnessing the unsettling bits and the ominous minor chords really well. They even manage to keep up with Jay Z, who's got the best percussive flow in the rap game. (If you don't know, now you know.)
fandom:marvel.cinematic.universe  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:tony.stark.(iron.man)  character:natasha.romanov.(black.widow)  character:thor.odinson  character:bruce.banner.(the.hulk)  character:loki.laufeyson  character:clint.barton.(hawkeye)  reccer:dirty_diana  non-fic.recs:fanvid  theme:action/adventure  creator:avengergasm  length:0-5.minutes  character:steve.rogers.(captain.america) 
may 2017 by fancake
Arrow: Hall of Fame by mrseclipse555
Summary: oliver queen || “I thought the universe owed me one”. Contains fast cuts, fast action, stuttery/strobey effects (multiple cuts within the the same scene, black cards between frames), some light flashes.
Reccer's Notes: I've recced this vidder before, but I think their dynamic work fits perfectly into the theme. Contains lots of the fun action parts of Arrow, but doesn't lose track of the narrative parts. In this case, how hard Oliver works for his city, whether anyone actually notices or not.
fandom:arrow  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:oliver.queen  non-fic.recs:fanvid  creator:mrseclipse555  theme:action/adventure  reccer:dirty_diana  length:0-5.minutes 
may 2017 by fancake
MCU/Captain America: Peggy's Pocket Problems by TeaandaTale
Summary: Peggy Carter was not a woman to complain, but would it kill anyone to let her own a single pair of trousers with pockets? (Or how the Howling Commandos hatch a plan.)
Reccer's Notes: If you're still mourning the cancellation of Agent Carter, then this fun, friendshippy story of ass-kicking Peggy Carter, Steve Rogers, and the Howling Commandos at the front should cheer you up.
fandom:marvel.cinematic.universe  pairing:peggy.carter/steve.rogers  character:howling.commandos  length:20.000-40.000.words  creator:teaandatale  theme:amnesty  theme:female.characters  theme:research  reccer:dirty_diana 
december 2016 by fancake
DC on CW (Arrow): Brother by mrseclipse555
Summary: “…just ‘cause you’re blood, doesn’t make you family. you gotta earn that.” contains quick cuts, shaky/blurry effects
Reccer's Notes: A lovely tribute to a relationship that has underscored the show since episode one, with editing that hooks nicely on the bluesy groove.
fandom:arrow  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:john.diggle  character:oliver.queen  non-fic.recs:fanvid  creator:mrseclipse555  theme:amnesty  theme:characters.of.color  theme:families.of.choice  reccer:dirty_diana  length:0-5.minutes 
december 2016 by fancake
To Wong Foo...: Recap podcast by Black Men Can't Jump (In Hollywood)
Summary: Special Guest: Dylan Marron of the “Every Single Word Spoken by a Person of Color” series stops by to discuss the 1995 cult comedy classic To Wong Foo Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar starring Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze & John Leguizamo. Listen as we talk about the intersectionality of actors of color and the LGBTQ community, whether “the good justifies the means” in representation, and if the film helped The Cause!

(Clear audio, contains no transcript.)
Reccer's Notes: This month's theme prompted me to browse my overworked podcast app for relevant recaps I hadn't yet listened to, which then prompted me to feel nostalgic for 90s queer cinema. This studio film about road-tripping drag queens may have flaws that are obvious in the 21st century, but the guys break it down with love and appreciation.
fandom:to.wong.foo.thanks.for.everything.julie.newmar  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:noxema.jackson  character:vida.boheme  character:chi-chi.rodriguez  non-fic.recs:podcast  theme:canon.lgbtq.characters  theme:characters.of.color  creator:black_men_can't_jump_(in_hollywood)  reccer:dirty_diana  length:60+.minutes 
december 2016 by fancake

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