Yesterday I read a really lovely Merlin fic and I was thinking, "I need to rec this so that claudia603
will see it!" Then I got to the end and saw that the fic had been posted in February and already had three pages of comments, including one from Claudia, so I decided not to bother posting. But then today I realized that was silly because, hey, I loved the fic, why not say so? So anyway,Into His Own
, Merlin/Arthur, 8500 words and rated R, though most of it reads like a gen fic. It's about Merlin going off on his own after Arthur finds out, and Merlin coming into his own as a sorcerer while Arthur does as a King. I really loved the language of this. There is a lot of M/A fic that's fun and a little silly, that makes a lot of Arthur's prattishness and has a lot of little clever asides and then sex and it's, you know, I enjoy that too, but I think this more restrained and weighty kind of fic is my favorite. It's the kind of thing where you can recognize the characters that are fun and adorable on the show but you also see them growing into the old legends, and the writing feels right for that.
It reminded me of a couple other fics that I also love, also dealing with lots of bad stuff happening and Arthur and Merlin being separated:All the Laughter from Before
, M/A, 5,500+ words, R, which also comes with a great podfic made by the author.Who Is Tied to Someone Else's Glove
, 2000+ words, Gwen/Arthur with heavily implied Arthur/Merlin, Gwen/Morgana and Gwen/Lancelot, PG-13. Claudia and layne67
and I were talking last week about how much we like Arthur's way of saying Gwen's name and wondering how they might get together, whether on the show or in some hypothetical really awesome fic that we would write. :) And…we weren't really able to come up with much, but I do really like the relationship between them in this fic, and in particular the way he asks her to marry him.
Some other links!angstslashhope
has some easy things you can do with html to make your journal or website more accessible for visually impaired people: Nerdy PSA
made a great happy-making Star Trek team love vid: We Go Together
I guess Harry/Draco fandom has had a kerfuffle with some bad feelings and that is a shame, but I did enjoy reading raitala
's post about Newbies Versus Oldies
and the discussion in comments about how people felt when they first came into fandom and how their perceptions have changed.
I had meant to say something on May 13th and completely forgot, but that was my LJ anniversary. Four years here in fandom, Frodo forever. I love you guys so much. ♥