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Some fic recs

I've been reading a lot in the Teen Wolf fandom lately (a lot a lot). Here are three Sterek recs:

First, Last, and Always by sffan
Explicit rating
13,000 words



SF doesn't write a lot in any fandom, but when she does, it's worth a read. This is her longest piece (almost 13,000 words). She's given it the purest set of tags you'd ever want to see, beginning "Porn With plot" and laying it out from there. Sweet, hot, and so well written, with good emotional buildup and a gorgeous ending--all in all an ideal evening's fannish delight.



this boy, half-destroyed by M_Leigh
Teen and up rating
25,600 words



Do not let the second person narrative put you off--it's brilliantly handled here. "You" in this story's narrative are Derek Hale, and from that point of view you experience some of the best extra-canon Hale family history and detail I've seen so far. Man, is that guy ever a wreck.

The author notes: "I think it says a lot about me that I find Derek Hale DEEPLY HILARIOUS whenever he is actually, you know, onscreen, and yet... I have written approximately 25,000 words about his HORRIBLE EMOTIONAL PAIN in a totally unironic manner," and that says a lot. This story is dark, gripping and emotional. It knits all that Derek-pain into a cohesive picture of abandonment, mistrust, trauma and healing, and it's just really, really good.



the blood blooms clean in you, ruby, also by M_Leigh
Teen and up rating
48,000 words



It's a companion piece to this boy, half-destroyed, but intersects with it only very vaguely (I kept expecting it to be a straight-up "opposite perspective" retelling, but it's a completely new story); to my amazement, it's even better.

The second-person narrative happens again, and this time "you" are Stiles. You go right smack into the heart of Stiles' mother's death from disease (read the warnings), his father's existential absence, his own lack of a moral center--I mean, as I was reading I was thinking, Damn, I wish Dylan O'Brien were taking character notes from this story because it is, bar none, the best analysis of Stiles in the whole fandom.

Plus, I cried for him. A lot.



In both of M_Leigh's stories there's a strong and cohesive plot thread involving Alphas and magic and all the most interesting things from canon. But what the author does better than the show's writers is make the story arise from the deeply flawed characters who inhabit it.

Both stories have that rare quality in fanfic: re-readability. I'm going back to re-read them tonight, in fact.

Crossposted from Dreamwidth, where there are comment count unavailable comments.

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cattraine
Mar. 7th, 2013 05:11 pm (UTC)
The Indelible Marks series is really good! You have a live Hale pack that is great --babies included!
emeraldsedai
Mar. 7th, 2013 05:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'll subscribe and watch for it to be finished.
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