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Captive Prince: I do occasionally eat meat, by Codango
Summary: Laurent stared at the glossy ad on his kitchen counter. It had fallen out of the pack that the local newspaper shoved in his mailbox every Tuesday. It was for a new boutique menswear shop. Grand opening this weekend, apparently.

He wiped his hands on his apron — bespoke canvas, from a local craftsman — and flipped a couple pages back in his cooking quarterly. This time, the ad was for a small but expensive brand of men's watch.

Laurent wondered if the beefcake smirking seductively in both ads knew anything about either running a small business or cooking. He narrowed his eyes. The watch looked like it barely fit around the man's wrist. What a... behemoth.
Reccer's Notes: Laurent's a chef and Damen has biceps like rugby balls. They have not one, not two, but three or even four meet-cutes, and it's so much fun. Laurent is dry and superior, and Damen is huge and charming and enthusiastic. Nicaise is a cat.
fandom:captive.prince.trilogy  reccer:runpunkrun  creator:codango  theme:alternative.professions  length:01.000-5.000.words  theme:au  pairing:damen/laurent.(captive.prince) 
july 2019 by fancake
TMFU: Paint. There lies salvation by ScribeofArda
Summary: Art defines humanity, and humans never want to be alone, even if the only other person accompanying them is themselves staring back from their canvas.

The Cortauld Institute, London, is full of the brightest art students in the country. Still, they will take any distraction from the impending doom of finals that they can get. The new Modernism professor, Solo, is more than easy on the eyes, but what makes it even better is the elusive husband that none of them ever see. The only proof is the ring on Solo's finger, and the few stories they manage to get him to tell. It can only get more interesting from there.

Napoleon just wants a quiet life to enjoy his retirement from UNCLE, teaching art history at university and dabbling in a few heists on the side when Gaby sends them his way. There's been a wedding ring on his finger for years now, a matching one on Illya's, and all he wants to do is live out his life with the man he loves. But things are never as simple as that, and neither of them have been left unharmed by the games they had to play.

They never really leave the game. But there are worse things than to fade into obscurity, leaving only the art behind.
Reccer's Notes: This fic is from the POV of an original character who is Napoleon's art student. It's a very fun read as she uncovers the truth about her professor and his mysterious husband.
fandom:man.from.u.n.c.l.e.(movie)  pairing:illya.kuryakin/napoleon.solo  length:20.000-40.000.words  creator:scribeofarda  theme:amnesty  theme:established.relationship  theme:outsider.pov  theme:au  reccer:gekko11 
december 2018 by fancake
The Man from U.N.C.L.E: The Trojan Affair by manic_intent
Summary: Ten minutes to go to ground zero and Artyom was still desperately trying to escape. “I have never attended little girl’s birthday party,” he pointed out repeatedly, and actually pouted, big blue eyes wide and pleading.

“Always a first time,” Napoleon said mercilessly, pulling on a charcoal Tom Ford blazer over his loose gray knit. “Mrs Siegfried invited us weeks ago, Artyom, don’t be a baby. You’ve had quite a while to gird your loins. We’re going to a party, not some sort of trench warfare. Smile.”

Artyom scowled, which was admittedly normally an adorable look even for a tall, blonde Russian giant of a man. “I do not like Mrs Siegfried,” Artyom declared, clearly intent on being as recalcitrant as possible.
Reccer's Notes: A delight of a Mr and Mrs Smith AU. Do I need to say more? :D
fandom:man.from.u.n.c.l.e.(movie)  pairing:illya.kuryakin/napoleon.solo  length:40.000-60.000.words  creator:manic_intent  theme:secret.identities  theme:secret.identity.reveal  theme:action/adventure  theme:au  theme:established.relationship  theme:established.relationship.with.plot  theme:humor  theme:marriage  theme:marriage.of.convenience  reccer:jainas 
september 2018 by fancake
Devil's Cub: a thing with feathers by hazel

It’s 8am on a Sunday morning and Mary Challoner is desperately afraid her sister is going to make a fool of herself.

Meanwhile, Dominic Alastair doesn’t believe that the social hierarchy defines anyone, which is why he’s always careful to smile and say thanks whenever someone does anything for him.
Reccer's Notes: If you've ever read Devil's Cub, you'll know that the scene where Dominic finally grovels to Mary and apologizes for ever being a less than ideal boyfriend and begs her to allow him to marry her, he swears he'll be a perfect husband (that is a STEAMING PILE OF HORSESHIT, Mary responds, you wouldn't stop making jealous scenes for a single day; yes, okay, but I would try, he pleads) is one of the most satisfying in all of Western literature. So when I say that this fic doesn't quite match that, but it comes pretty damn close, you'll understand that I mean it as a tremendous compliment. I would never have imagined that Heyer could be transposed to a modern setting, but it works -- on some level I understand Mary's anxiety about being dragged off to France better when she's upset that it'll ruin her career than when it'll ruin her reputation.
fandom:georgette.heyer.(works)  pairing:dominic.alastair/mary.challoner  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:hazel  theme:amnesty  theme:au  theme:book.fandoms  theme:courtship  reccer:meretricula 
april 2018 by fancake
The Road to El Dorado: the hungry heart, the roving eye by Wildehack
Summary: “Do you have a job for us?” Miguel called out.

There was a suspicious pause. “No.”

“Better come back when you do, then,” Miguel said snidely, and there was a muffled thumping sound, like Tulio had let his head fall into the door.

Modern AU.
Reccer's Notes: Normally I'm not interested in modern AUs, but this author does such a good job of capturing the characters and their relationships that it barely feels like an AU at all! A nice story about a bunch of people who are made to be together, but keep being kept apart for one complicated reason or another!  pairing:chel/miguel/tulio  length:05.000-10.000.words  creator:wildehack.(tyleet)  theme:amnesty  theme:polyamory  theme:au  reccer:mirroreuler 
april 2018 by fancake
Black Sails: You Can't Handle The Truth by Wind_Ryder
Summary: James and Thomas are blinking at her with the dull early morning look of two men who very much want to go back to sleep. Miranda swipes her thumb across the screen, and pulls the phone to her ear. "Hello?"

It's Peter Ashe. "Have you seen the news?" he asks, pressing on before she could say a word. "There are pictures in the paper. Intimate ones. Of you, Thomas, and James." Her fingers tighten around the phone. She closes her eyes, and takes a deep breath. Then, pulling it from her ear, she taps the speakerphone button.

"Say that again," she beseeches quietly. He does. He repeats it, and tells them more. At some point in the night, a hacker released dozens of stolen photographs.

Now, all of England and beyond were discussing how an MP of Thomas' reputation was actually gay, that a Naval Officer with James' CV was a home wrecker, and how Miranda was either the victim of her husband's deviations, or a slut begging for more.

Modern AU: In which Thomas, Miranda, and James are outed to the press.
Reccer's Notes: A tense and enthralling mystery/thriller with incredible world-building of it's AU.
fandom:black.sails  pairing:james.mcgraw/miranda.hamilton/thomas.hamilton  pairing:john.silver/madi  length:80.000&more.words  creator:wind_ryder  theme:established.relationship  theme:established.relationship.with.plot  theme:m/m/f.threesomes  theme:polyamory  theme:canon.lgbtq.characters  theme:au  theme:novel-length.fic  theme:plotty.fic  reccer:an0ther_dreamer 
january 2018 by fancake
Merlin: The Lonely King by Cori Lannam
Summary: The Prince of Wales at his school. Merlin was sure it was all just a very bad joke.
Reccer's Notes: Cori Lannam is amazing, and I did say I have a thing for modern Merlin AUs. (This is the adorable one where Merlin's a teacher. I'm gonna have to reread it now.)
fandom:merlin  pairing:arthur.pendragon/merlin  length:40.000-60.000.words  creator:corilannam  theme:au  theme:royalty.aus  reccer:jerakeen 
october 2017 by fancake
Merlin: The Student Prince by FayJay
Summary: A Modern day Merlin AU set at the University of St Andrews, featuring teetotal kickboxers, secret wizards, magnificent bodyguards of various genders, irate fairies, imprisoned dragons, crumbling gothic architecture, arrogant princes, adorable engineering students, stolen gold, magical doorways, attempted assassination, drunken students, shaving foam fights, embarrassing mornings after, The Hammer Dance, duty, responsibility, friendship and true love...
Reccer's Notes: I'm a sucker for modern royalty AUs, and this one is EXCELLENT.
fandom:merlin  pairing:arthur.pendragon/merlin  length:80.000&more.words  creator:fayjay.(pandarus)  theme:au  theme:royalty.aus  theme:novel-length.fic  reccer:jerakeen 
october 2017 by fancake
Harry Potter: Text Talk by merlywhirls
Summary: Sirius is in boarding school, Remus is in hospital, and they don't know each other until Sirius texts the wrong number.
Reccer's Notes: The Marauders texting = hilarity. It doesn't hurt that I love wrong number romances <33
fandom:harry.potter  character:james.potter  character:peter.pettigrew  length:80.000&more.words  creator:merlywhirls  theme:au  reccer:imogeneherdman  theme:teams 
september 2017 by fancake
Animorphs: i will help you swim by goinghost
Marco: welcome to the teenz party
Marco: you can tell we’re chill and relatable because there’s a z
Ax: I do not get it
Tobias: its okay ax
Tobias: its not funny
Reccer's Notes: I have a fondness for stories that play with form, especially multi-media. And with the internet, there's so many other channels for this kind of exploration. Written as a group-chat, goinghost nonetheless manages to completely pinpoint the voice of each character to the point where I didn't even have to look at the "chat" name to know who was saying what. Actually Laugh Out Loud funny, it's a wonderful meditation on what could have happened if the Animorphs was set today.
fandom:animorphs  pairing:aximili-esgarrouth-isthill/marco  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:goinghost  theme:amnesty  theme:au  reccer:subsequent 
august 2017 by fancake
ASOIAF: Stranger the Better by Mautadite
Summary: “It… still doesn’t mean we’re dating Jon and Sam, does it?”

“Well, Iunno,” says Ygritte, “maybe we should be.”
Reccer's Notes: Normally I don't really enjoy modern AUs, but the author of this one just does such a fantastic job characterising everyone - and I do mean everyone, as it really does feel like the author thought hard about how each character fit into this story and what every single relationship between these four would be like. It's funny and sweet and very realistic - very enjoyable!  fandom:game.of.thrones  pairing:gilly/jon.snow/samwell.tarly/ygritte  length:05.000-10.000.words  creator:mautadite  theme:amnesty  theme:polyamory  theme:au  theme:bisexual/pansexual.characters  reccer:mirroreuler 
august 2017 by fancake
Les miserables: All You Have Is Your Fire, by lady_ragnell
"A blaze like that, you could light up the city."
"Or change it."
A superhero soulmate AU.
Reccer's Notes: A delightfull AU where the soulmate-mark is the first words they say to each other... and superpowered Grantaire and Enjolras meet when they are out one night being vigiante heroes. I liked that the fic is plotty and that the worldbuilding works so well, with Javert as the Police officer hunting vigilante supers in Paris, Valjean as "the Mayor" the retired, almost mythic, powerhouse superhero on the run... and all the other characters fitting neatly: Enjolras, aka "the Flame", leading the fight for powered individual rights and representation, and so on.
A well written and wildly entertaining read!
fandom:les.miserables  pairing:enjolras/grantaire  character:cosette.fauchelevent  character:jean.valjean  length:40.000-60.000.words  creator:lady_ragnell  theme:soulmate-identifying.marks  theme:action/adventure  theme:au  theme:secret.identity.reveal  theme:superpowers  theme:urban.fantasy  reccer:jainas 
july 2017 by fancake
Riverd of London/Great British Bake Off: Four and twenty lovebirds (baked in a pie) by stardust_r
Summary: Peter Grant is a contestant on The Great British Bake Off 2016, Thomas Nightingale is its famously stoic, poker-faced judge. The nation’s running commentary is their background soundtrack as they flirt onscreen. It’s gonna be a very long ten weeks.
Reccer's Notes: I have never watched one episode of the Great British Bake-Off, and reality TV fics aren't usually my thing, but it didn't stop me for enjoying this fic immensely. The fusion works very well, and the media recounting of the season is fascinating. The focus is on Peter and Nightingale slowly growing tension and pining and the ensuing scandal and media storm, but all the other characters get plenty of screentime and time in the spotlight as well and are very well written.
I actually think this is a fic one could enjoy without knowing any of the fandoms, even if of course all the clever bits of characterization would be lost.  pairing:peter.grant/thomas.nightingale  character:lesley.may  character:beverley.brook  character:abigail.kamara  length:20.000-40.000.words  creator:stardust_rain  theme:pining  theme:mutual.pining  theme:au  theme:characters.of.color  theme:courtship  theme:crossovers&fusions  reccer:jainas 
july 2017 by fancake
Star Wars: Common Purpose by afrai

Bei had asked him, early on, how he even used Grindr. The question had seemed to puzzle Chak Lung.

"The phone reads out the profiles and messages," he'd said. "I don't have problems getting messaged, if that's what you're wondering."

That was one thing Bei hadn't wondered about. He had by then seen Chak Lung with his shirt off multiple times.
Reccer's Notes: This is the greatest space dads fic I've ever read and I'm so mad that it's a series that starts with them being Hong Kong fuckboys who meet on Grindr but like. IT'S SO GOOD YOU ALL HAVE TO READ IT.
fandom:star.wars  pairing:baze.malbus/chirrut.imwe  length:05.000-10.000.words  creator:afrai  theme:amnesty  theme:au  theme:characters.of.color  theme:disability  theme:marriage  reccer:meretricula 
april 2017 by fancake
Les Misérables: like never before ('cause lately I've been craving more) , by noelia_g
Summary: Enjolras wakes up and it's yesterday. And it keeps on being yesterday, over and over again.
He's not an idiot, he knows his solution has to do with Grantaire, he's seen the damn movie, but there's a reason why he's avoided thinking of this thing between them for so long now.

He has all the time in the world to think about it now, though.
Reccer's Notes: This is a very sweet and mature fic, that feels a lot like a slice of life... except the slice keeps repeating. True to form Enjolras makes it productives, but he also spends more time with Grantaire, and works on taming the idea of how they might be together.
fandom:les.miserables  pairing:enjolras/grantaire  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:noelia_g  theme:time.loops  theme:au  reccer:jainas 
april 2017 by fancake
Shadowhunters: My True Love Gave To Me by AlxSteele
Summary: Magnus Bane had a plan, a perfect Christmas Eve just like always. Hang out with his friends, bask in the Christmas Spirit. Then everything went wrong.

Now he's stuck reliving the same day again and again and again. The bright side? Maybe Alec Lightwood isn't as terrible as Magnus always thought.
Reccer's Notes: It's like a Malec Hallmark Christmas film with fashion designer Magnus and baker Alec. It's a modern mundane AU where Shadowhunters and warlocks don't exist but still captures the magic of Shadowhunters. Magnus opening himself up to love after being burned, Alec dealing with his parents' demands, the shameless twee and cheese with the bonus of cats and baked goods. This fic is the ultimate feel good pick-me-up after a rough day. Though it says Not Rated, I'd say it's about Teen And Up Audiences.
fandom:shadowhunters  pairing:alec.lightwood/magnus.bane  length:40.000-60.000.words  creator:alxsteele  theme:time.loops  theme:au  reccer:jiokra 
april 2017 by fancake
Samurai Champloo: Birthday Booty by Pure and Innocent
Summary: Fuu has a surprise for Mugen on his 21st birthday. Hmmm I wonder what it could be.
Reccer's Notes: Funny and bawdy, with some unexpected flangst at the end. I tend not to be a fan of modern AUs, but I fell for this one.
fandom:samurai.champloo  pairing:kasumi.fuu/mugen  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:pure_and_innocent  theme:amnesty  theme:au  theme:humor  theme:characters.of.color  theme:first.time  theme:small.fandoms  reccer:eevilalice 
august 2015 by fancake
Les Mis: sans tâche by arriviste
Summary: “We could play spin the bottle," Bossuet said hopefully.
Reccer's Notes: A modern-day Paris AU, with drinking games. Enjolras/Grantaire is the most pining-happy ship I've ever read, and when it's done well it's gorgeous. This one does it beautifully.
fandom:les.miserables  pairing:enjolras/grantaire  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:arriviste  theme:au  theme:pining  reccer:cest_what 
september 2014 by fancake
X-Men: Anarchy In The U.K. by Yahtzee
Summary: Charles lives in the unceasing glare of the public spotlight, yet keeps his sexual orientation a closely held secret, afraid he could lose his throne and force his deeply troubled younger sister into a role that would crush her. Erik, journalist and world traveler, has been a loner most of his life; he has little patience for closet cases. But a chance meeting in Kenya brings these two opposites together and sets in motion a love affair that will challenge the British monarchy -- and their most deeply held beliefs about who they are, and who they should be.
Reccer's Notes: This is almost an original fic, but not in a bad way. Not OOC, not actor casting--it's just that the AU setup is very detailed and so very removed from the X-Men canon, and there are not enough tie-ins as you read to remind you that it is, in fact, fanfic.

That caveat out of the way: royalty AUs are my favorite. Pair it with a coming out storyline and you have my heart, forever and ever. In addition to all that gold, this not-so-little gem also has a very well done romance, including an undercurrent of we-can't-we-should angst and a whole lot of believable sap.

I'm recommending this even though the sexual dynamics didn't work for me and I ended up skipping almost all of the sex scenes. If this doesn't tell you how much I loved the romance, then I don't know what will.
fandom:x-men.movies  pairing:charles.xavier/erik.lensherr  length:80.000&more.words  creator:yahtzee  theme:novel-length.fic  theme:au  theme:amnesty  reccer:jerakeen 
april 2014 by fancake
Chinese Legends: Five Times a Woman Became a Man: Five Versions of Mulan by storiesfortravellers
Summary: Five Alternate Universe versions of Mulan: canon AU, historical AUs, modern AU, sci-fi AU, with each highlighting a different aspect of the Mulan story.
Reccer's Notes: These are all quite different interpretations of the character, although all have certain qualities in common. Three are martial leaders, the other two forge their own path, and each of the stories features a different kind of transformation from feminine to masculine. It's compellingly readable and really thoughtful about changing ideas of identity and gender. It also has a wonderful structural conceit, in which each story moves forward in time and outward in geography, until you reach the logical endpoint which is a space AU.
fandom:chinese.mythology  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:hua.mulan  length:05.000-10.000.words  creator:storiesfortravellers.(daria234)  theme:competence  theme:female.characters  theme:genderfuck  theme:science.fiction  theme:small.fandoms  theme:au  reccer:cest_what  fandom:legends&myths 
july 2013 by fancake
The Hobbit: Party Tricks by Vera_DragonMuse
Summary: Life is a funny thing. Kili, a happy party animal by night and carpenter by day, doesn't let his past get him down. But when he meets Fili and starts to fall in love it isn't just Kili's troubled childhood that catches up with him.
Reccer's Notes: I must admit I have a weakness for well-written Modern AUs, and this one is definitely one. It's realistic as far as separated siblings falling in love goes and it manages to be a well-balanced amount of cute and angsty.
fandom:hobbit  pairing:fili/kili  length:20.000-40.000.words  creator:vera_dragonmuse  theme:family  theme:family:incest  theme:first.time  theme:au  reccer:don_ricci  fandom:j.r.r.tolkien.(works) 
february 2013 by fancake
Merlin: The Pact by Cori Lannam
Summary: The ancient Albion Pact demands that the Prince of Wales must take someone magic born as his soul-bonded consort by the time he is 30 or face death. Before he was a Detective Inspector Warlock, Merlin Emrys was young and in love and made a promise to Prince Arthur -- and now Arthur is calling it in.
Reccer's Notes: Unapologetic kink fest. It's a modern AU but with a great helping of magic and royalty. Soulbonding is a thing, royals have knots, Merlin can change his gender at will, and Arthur pines and pines. Not for everyone, but good solid writing if it hits your kinks.
fandom:merlin  pairing:arthur.pendragon/merlin  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:corilannam  theme:amnesty  theme:au  theme:soulbonding  theme:genderfuck  theme:marriage  reccer:jerakeen 
january 2013 by fancake
XMFC: In the Punch Line by zamwessell
Summary: Basically, Charles Xavier needs a date to his tenth high school reunion. Enter Erik Lehnsherr, Raven’s best friend, who happens to be a model and the new face of Calvin Klein.
Reccer's Notes: I actually had this queued up to rec for the Pretend Couple theme and then spaced out on posting the link before the theme expired. It's hilarious, sweet, a little cracky, and very hot. Charles and Erik's instant connection is a treat.
pairing:charles.xavier/erik.lensherr  length:20.000-40.000.words  creator:zamwessell  theme:amnesty  theme:pretend.couple  theme:au  reccer:starlady  fandom:x-men.movies 
december 2012 by fancake
The Phantom of the Opera/Repo! The Genetic Opera: what you need to change inside by violentdarlings
Summary: The ninety day delinquent and the night surgeon; his bloody hands are a perfect match for her artificial anatomy.
Reccer's Notes: The Phantom and Christine as a Repo Man and an overdue GeneCo customer. This fic is so very, very wrong, yet absolutely perfectly right. I adore that it's still Christine's voice that attracts Erik, and that the author found an explanation for why Erik doesn't opt for plastic surgery, whereas a lot of modern/futuristic AUs skim right over that plot issue. This fic is even more satisfying the second time, when you realize that breadcrumbs were dropped along the way, leading to certain reveals.
fandom:phantom.of.the.opera  fandom:repo!the.genetic.opera  pairing:christine.daae/erik.(phantom.of.the.opera)  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:violentdarlings  theme:amnesty  theme:au  theme:crossovers&fusions  theme:female.characters  theme:science.fiction  reccer:gwynevere1 
december 2012 by fancake
Adventures of Tintin: Private Lesson, by Bianca Castafarina
Summary: Tintin/Haddock SLASH, High school AU. 18 year old student Tintin attempts to seduce his history teacher Professor Haddock.
Reccer's Notes: It's always really fun to read fics where Tintin seduces the Captain.
fandom:adventures.of.tintin  pairing:archibald.haddock/tintin  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:biancacastafarina  theme:au  reccer:kadytheredpanda 
november 2012 by fancake
Adventures of Tintin: Detention, by Bianca Castafarina
Summary: Tintin/Haddock SLASH. High school AU with swapped ages where Tintin is a strict 40 year old teacher, and Archie Haddock is an 18 year old trouble student who has to do extra work for detention.
Reccer's Notes: Bianca Castafarina is well known for her really delicious Haddock/Tintin art, but she also writes fanfics that are just as scrumptious to read. This age swap hot-for-teacher fic is wonderfully fascinating, and not just because Tintin is an older man here (and vice versa for Haddock).
fandom:adventures.of.tintin  pairing:archibald.haddock/tintin  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:biancacastafarina  theme:au  reccer:kadytheredpanda 
november 2012 by fancake
XMFC: Impulse Decisions by listerinezero
Summary: Erik wakes up in Las Vegas with a hell of a hangover, a telepath in his bed, and a ring on his finger. Now what?
Erik, Charles, and Raven have powers in this universe, but Charles is less confident about his own abilities. Erik's mother is still living and he is a steadier, calmer person than he is in the movie. I enjoyed that this story is about how these two try to stay together, rather than how they get together. There are misunderstandings, resolutions, and a happy ending.
pairing:charles.xavier/erik.lensherr  length:40.000-60.000.words  creator:listerinezero  theme:au  reccer:sasha_feather  theme:marriage  fandom:x-men.movies 
november 2012 by fancake
Adventures of Tintin: Ginger Devil, by Bianca Castafarina
Summary: Tintin/Haddock slash, present-day AU. Captain Haddock discovers Tintin's naughty videos on the internet. And he doesn't take it very well. Angst and jealousy abound.
Reccer's Notes: Bianca Castafarina is well known for her really delicious Haddock/Tintin art, but she also writes fanfics that are just as scrumptious to read. In this case she takes a situation that could potentially be used for laughs (i.e. that awkward moment when you find out a friend's not-so-wholesome activity and said friend is totally oblivious) and instead crafts it into a realistically dramatic and angsty tale. At least Tintin and Haddock have a bittersweet ending. :)
fandom:adventures.of.tintin  pairing:archibald.haddock/tintin  length:05.000-10.000.words  creator:biancacastafarina  theme:au  reccer:kadytheredpanda 
november 2012 by fancake
XMFC: An Ideal Grace (The Sonnet Series) by afrocurl & nekosmuse
Summary: Erik Lehnsherr is a visiting professor at Columbia University, as well as an acclaimed and award winning poet. Charles Xavier is a lead researcher with the Genetics Department who is well on his way to tenure. But what happens when Charles has to cancel a class because half his students abandon him in favour of a mysterious new English Lit professor? Naturally he ends up sitting in in the class, where Professor Lehnsherr mistakes him for a student. It's really too bad Erik has such a strict policy against dating students. It's also too bad Erik doesn't seem to know how to use Google.
Reccer's Notes: I am so in love with this fic I can't even begin to tell you. It's a no-powers modern AU, so you don't need to be in the fandom to enjoy it, and it's full of romance, and pining, and stalking, and stupid misunderstandings... I highly recommend it.
pairing:charles.xavier/erik.lensherr  length:80.000&more.words  creator:afrocurl  theme:au  reccer:jerakeen  creator:nekosmuse  fandom:x-men.movies 
november 2012 by fancake
Merlin: Arcane Asylum by New Kate
Summary: For the last twenty two years Uther Pendragon has been waging war on magic. Now his son Arthur has been framed for a magical crime and sent to the prison for magic users. Arthur is instantly targeted by the inmates, but mysterious top dog Merlin takes him under his wing. They form a bond, and Merlin decides to help Arthur clear his name.
Reccer's Notes: This is hands-down one of my favorite fics ever. Plotty, romantic, BAMF!Merlin, and on top of all of that, it's prison!fic. What more could you possibly want?
fandom:merlin  pairing:arthur.pendragon/merlin  length:80.000&more.words  creator:new_kate  theme:au  reccer:giandujakiss 
october 2012 by fancake
X-Men: If You Liked The Book, You'll Hate The Movie by paperclipbitch
Summary: It’s not until Hank realises half the class are glancing towards the back of the classroom with something like nerves and something like schadenfreude that he finds out Alex Summers is back.
Reccer's Notes: Incredibly clever with AU with sharp, biting characterizations.
pairing:charles.xavier/erik.lensherr  pairing:alex.summers/hank.mccoy  length:40.000-60.000.words  theme:au  reccer:giandujakiss  creator:paperclipbitch  fandom:x-men.movies 
october 2012 by fancake
Merlin: What Child is This by lamardeuse
Summary: A modern AU with Merlin, Arthur, mayhem, a baby and a jingly elf hat.
Reccer's Notes: Merlin finds a baby, and Arthur makes him take care of it. This is a very fun read about finding a family when you least expect it.
fandom:merlin  pairing:arthur.pendragon/merlin  length:20.000-40.000.words  theme:au  reccer:jerakeen  creator:lamardeuse 
october 2012 by fancake
Merlin: The Lonely King by Cori Lannam
Summary: The Prince of Wales at his school. Merlin was sure it was all just a very bad joke. A modern royalty AU.
Reccer's Notes: This is a very happymaking modern AU, complete with relationship angst and a royal coming out.
fandom:merlin  pairing:arthur.pendragon/merlin  length:40.000-60.000.words  theme:au  reccer:jerakeen  creator:corilannam 
october 2012 by fancake
Merlin: Laws of Attraction by christycorr
Summary: Merlin Emrys had strong convictions on the subjects of love and marriage—namely, that they should be avoided at all costs.
Reccer's Notes: I'm almost done with the Merlin recs. Just a couple more. Bear with me.

This is another fusion, a surprisingly awesome one, because you don't expect a Laws of Attraction fusion to be this much fun - but there you go. Perfect characterizations, a joy to read, and as with most of my AU recs, no fandom knowledge required.
fandom:merlin  fandom:laws.of.attraction  pairing:arthur.pendragon/merlin  length:20.000-40.000.words  creator:christycorr  theme:au  theme:pretend.couple  reccer:jerakeen 
october 2012 by fancake
Merlin: It's not the end of the world (but you can see it from here) by Cori Lannam
Summary: Arthur, Prince of Wales, finds it hard to accept that he and Merlin have no future. Then he finds out that neither does anyone else.
Reccer's Notes: This is one of my absolute favorite fusions. I loved 2012, cheesy as it was, and this fusion takes everything good about the movie and turns them into something awesome.

Arthur is a prince, Merlin is a doctor, their relationship is difficult enough as it is, but then there's also an apocalypse. These two do not catch a break.
fandom:merlin  fandom:2012  pairing:arthur.pendragon/merlin  length:20.000-40.000.words  theme:au  reccer:jerakeen  creator:corilannam 
october 2012 by fancake
Merlin: Drastically Redefining Protocol by rageprufrock
Summary: In which Prince Arthur meets Merlin and all hell promptly breaks lose.
Reccer's Notes: Yes, I'm on a roll. Another EPIC modern AU. Arthur is a prince and Merlin is a medical intern and it's just hilarious and awesome from start to finish.
fandom:merlin  pairing:arthur.pendragon/merlin  length:60.000-80.000.words  theme:au  theme:novel-length.fic  reccer:jerakeen  creator:rageprufrock 
october 2012 by fancake
Merlin: The Student Prince by FayJay
Summary: A Modern day Merlin AU set at the University of St Andrews, featuring teetotal kickboxers, secret wizards, magnificent bodyguards of various genders, irate fairies, imprisoned dragons, crumbling gothic architecture, arrogant princes, adorable engineering students, stolen gold, magical doorways, attempted assassination, drunken students, shaving foam fights, embarrassing mornings after, The Hammer Dance, duty, responsibility, friendship and true love...

This story was inspired by the thought of Prince William of Wales (and indeed the current Max von Hapsburg) studying at the University of St Andrews; it is also, as the title suggests, at least a little inspired by the operetta 'The Student Prince'.
Reccer's Notes: Even though I haven't watched Merlin since the first season, I can never resist a good modern day AU. It's this fascination with royalty, I don't even know.

This one though, this one is exceptional. Not just enjoyable or cute, this is epic. A slow building romance (145K!) and pining and magic and dragons! You need absolutely zero fandom knowledge to enjoy it. Definitely give it a chance.
fandom:merlin  pairing:arthur.pendragon/merlin  length:80.000&more.words  theme:au  theme:novel-length.fic  reccer:jerakeen  creator:fayjay.(pandarus) 
october 2012 by fancake
Merlin/Camelot: Pairing Pendragon/Merlin by Anonymous
Summary: Arthur is a BNF and Merlin is his prized beta.
Reccer's Notes: A story big enough that it has its own Fanlore entry, this is a fantastic story even if, like me, you're not in the fandom.

For what's more dizzying than BBC's Merlin characters being fannish about Starz' Camelot characters?

It's an extremely meta fic since, whether writer, beta, reader or lurker, there's something that anyone in Fandom can recognize. It's this accessibility what will keep you hooked and totally squeeing at the way Anonymous got Fandom's quirks so well. And there's also Arthur and Merlin falling for each other. Woot!
fandom:merlin  fandom:camelot  pairing:arthur.pendragon/merlin  length:20.000-40.000.words  theme:au  reccer:lucifuge5  creator:anonymous 
october 2012 by fancake

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