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So I read Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games trilogy a bajillion years late. I devoured it within 24 hours and wrung out every bit of feelings I had and more. It really hit me hard and I wish there was more fic for it but I found an amazing series I rec'd below.

The Hunger Games
Scylla and Charybdis, Wisely, I Say, I Am A Bachelor & A View from the Lists by Mithrigil & puella_nerdii
Synopsis: Finnick/Annie, canon-level: violence, gore, death, dubcon, forced prostitution, moments of fluff, happy ending jfc. Finnick decides that, come hell or high water, he is bringing his tribute home from the seventieth Hunger Games. That tribute is Annie Cresta. But Finnick never thought that he would have to choose between bringing her home and keeping her safe, and he wants both. How Annie Cresta crept up on Finnick Odair.
Notes: This is so fucking beautiful it hurts. ~60,000 words and I wish it went forever. It's rough, just as rough and real as canon but with a soothing touch here and there and a beautiful happy ending. It also has the rumblings of a prequel to The Hunger Games, expanded in it's subsequent sequels.

Ashes and Flame (Every You and Every Me) by freneticfloetry
Synopsis: Peeta/Katniss, post-canon, fucking beautiful. Peeta comes home, still unsure what the word means.
Notes: This is the epilogue told from Peeta's POV and it's fucking beautiful. Prepare to cry but also heal. The characters were spot-on and the little expanding upon canon (Haymitch's geese, Peeta's baking...) were just what I need to help soothe my ravaged feelings.


X-men: First Class

Progression of a Family Portrait by Xris
Synopsis: Erik/Charles, canon AU, kidfic, kidnapping, epic. “You’re sure we can handle one more?” Hank asks from the sidelines.
Notes: Post-divorce, Charles is setting up the school and on a trip for a new gifted child, he stumbles across Lorna. AND THEN FEELINGS BURST ALL OVER THE PLACE.

Hellfire AU by Cesare & helens78
Synopsis: Erik/Charles, Dystopia AU, slavery. Erik Lehnsherr has been searching for Sebastian Shaw for close to a decade, and the trail's led him to an exclusive club that rents enslaved and collared mutants to wealthy humans for a variety of sexual uses. Posing there, he meets one of the club's patrons, Charles Xavier, who isn't what the club thinks he is, either. Is Charles going to be an ally, or is he going to stand in Erik's way?
Notes: There's some characterization that's a big rough around the edges at times but the worldbuilding was well-done. It's an ongoing series but each fic is pretty much stand-alone.

The Changeling Prince by Regann
Synopsis: Erik/Charles, Fairytale AU, first-time. While seeking help to break a magical curse, a soldier named Erik finds himself trying to solve the mystery of a young prince's illness, a task that leads him deeper into the fickle world of the fae than he ever imagined.

I Ain't Scared of Lightning by kaydeefalls
Synopsis: Erik/Charles, canon AU, bamf!Charles, angst, minor character death, world rebuilding. "Shaw has someone very dear to me," Charles said in a low tone. "You're not the only one playing for keeps, Erik."
Notes: Holy bananas, this AU is amazing. I loved the minute changes in canon and the consequences upon character personality (Charles most obvious) and how it shapes Erik & Charles's interaction and Raven and Darwin's badassery and Alex and everything.

Omega by apokteino
Synopsis: Erik/Charles, AU. Wherein the world decides to deal with mutants with utter segregation. All mutants are placed on Genosha, and all children are tested at birth for the mutant gene, and sent to Genosha if they have it, to be adopted by other mutants. Years later, Charles Xavier's parents bribe officials to keep their child, and he grows up utterly alone in a human world. But all that changes ...
Notes: Lovely worldbuilding with an overarching plot that finished nicely.


Luther (BBC)
Strong Interactions by Speranza
Synopsis: John/Alice, post-S1 AU.
Notes: Ungf, fucking love me some Speranza and I love BBC's Luther. Never thought of looking for fic and holy shit this hit the spot. Great Alice voice, great Luther characterization and a short lovely read that's sweet even with some bloodshed (not as graphic as canon)

Avengers
Heroes & Devils by marinarusalka
Synopsis: Steve/Tony, Echo-Bazaar AU, dark, mind-control, epic. Three years after Dr. Doom cast the entire island of Manhattan into the dark depths of the Echo Bazaar, life goes on. The people of Lowered Manhattan, including the Avengers, have adapted as best they could to their shadowy new existence. But then the Avengers find themselves in possession of a mysterious locked box that could save them all -- if it doesn't kill Tony first.
Notes: Epic demonic saga. You don't need to know canon Echo Bazaar (I don't) to pick up the world. Great worldbuilding and characterization.

Arms and the Man by sam-storyteller
Synopsis: Steve/Tony, first-time, brief PTSD. His best friend keeps cockblocking him, his relationship guru is a computer, and he might be gay. The future is very complicated.
Notes: Super-cute. Oblivious Steve is obliviously gay and oblivious Tony is totally oblivious.

age is an irrational number by valtyr
Synopsis: Steve/Tony, major-character death, happy ending, angst, multiple orgasms. Steve and Tony grow old together.
Notes: Um, my tags are pretty ridiculous on this one. You will cry lots. There will be too many feelings. and there will also be some ridiculously hot porn and fluff.

Time Watches From the Shadow by shadesofbrixton
Synopsis: Steve/Bucky, Firefly/Avengers Fusion. Post-Serenity spoilers. Mostly movie-verse Avengers, plus some...other stuff?
Notes: I didn't even know I wanted this. Shiiiiit, so good. The world-fusing has a few shaky moments but many great ones. And a lovely ending that filled me with feeeeeelings!


Sherlock
Lacuna by coloredink
Synopsis: Sherlock/John, amnesia, mild dubcon. God, it must have been terrible, to think that he would never have this again.
Notes: John suffers some amnesia and comes to the conclusion he and Sherlock are dating. Super cute for the most part.


Star Trek (2009)
How We Are (but not how we're going to be) by alpha_hydra
Synopsis: Kirk/Spock, post-STXI, Spock POV. Even when they hate each other, they're still sort of falling in love.
Notes: A little difficult to dive in at first. Kirk & Spock utterly fail to understand each other in their attempts to understand one another and it's a mess and they get fired from their first therapist. Yeah, Bones makes them go to couple's therapy to help create a healthy professional relationship.

♥ The Lotus Eaters by aldora89
Synopsis: Kirk/Spock, first-time, epic, mind-control. Stranded on the planet Sigma Nox while searching for a missing away team, Spock and Kirk find themselves pitted against a disturbing native life form. With the captain out of commission on a regular basis and Spock struggling to preserve his stoicism, staying alive is difficult enough – but when a slim chance for escape surfaces, their resolve is truly put to the test. Together they must fight for survival in the heart of an alien jungle, and in the process, uncover the mystery of the planet’s past.
Notes: Slow-burning epic of Spock and Kirk surviving on their own on an relatively unknown planet with a disturbing native life form. The build up between them is maddeningly aching. UGH, SO GOOD.

February 2012

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