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What follows is a list of my picks for the best Drarry fanfiction of 2015
(37 fics, sorted by date published)

Note: There are so many lists of favorite Harry/Draco fanfiction, but I'm doing something a little different. Rather than create a list based on genre or length or era or whatever, I've decided to do a series of "best-of X year" lists. This means the year the work was published not the year I read it.

Once again, this list was hard to pare down! I read more fanfic published in 2015 than in any other year, and between my LJ blog and [livejournal.com profile] hd_storyroom, I recced 93 Drarry fics from 2015. Consequently lots of good fics aren't included on this list. In the end any list is just an arbitrary thing based on one person's no doubt flawed opinion. It says nothing about the quality of any fics not on it!

More lists:

2015 list--click to expand )

General notes:

  • The "original post" column provides links to the first place I can find evidence of the work online. However, it can be really tough to determine when and where a work was first published (see my rant here: Dates Matter). So it could be that a fic was actually published earlier somewhere else and I didn't know it. Corrections are welcome.
  • I've read a lot of HD fiction, but I certainly haven't read it all, so if I've left off something you think I shouldn't have, I'm happy for you to let me know.
  • I may continue to add works to this list but I will try to keep the total number to something reasonable. (On the challenge of maintaining lists)
  • My goal is to add lists for other years as well, time permitting.

How my fic preferences will skew the lists:

  • I tend to like fics which contain explicit sex, so the list will probably skew that way. However, I prefer that there be an actual plot, not just sex, and I read PG rated fics too--just fewer of them.
  • I like almost all the standard tropes, but I don't usually go for non-magical AUs, unhappy endings, dark!fic, or threesomes
  • I don't give a toss who's on top or bottom, so you'll find both here.
  • I shy away from epic-length fanfiction unless I'm very confident in the author, so most of my recs will be less than 100,000 words.
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First times are some my favorite parts of fanfic, because there is so much emotion that can be caught up in that moment and it can reveal so much about how these characters feel about each other. And lucky for us, there is a plethora of amazing fanfic written which explores all the many possibilities for Harry and Draco's first time.

The possibilities illustrated in these fics are really quite varied. Some first times take place during Hogwarts, some afterwards, some fics start with them already in a relationship and some don't, and a variety of acts are considered 'first time sex' - it doesn't always have to be full penetration.

But I did have some requirements to narrow this set down to a reasonable size!

These fics all feature:

  • A first time that is earnest and meaningful for both of them (so no hate sex, or sex pollen, or PWP)
  • Both boys as virgins
  • Appropriate amounts of awkwardness/fumbling/cluelessness/trying to figure things out (no instant sex gods here!)


Click for recs )




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I've done so many 8th year fic recs this month, but I haven't yet recced one of my absolute favorite 8th year fics.

This one doesn't involve any magical bonds or creatures, it doesn't rely on party games or love potions or bets or almost any other standard trope other than their simply being roommates. And as much as I adore all of those other tropes, sometimes it's nice to see the boys figure things out organically, without anything or anyone forcing them to be together :)



favicon Something I Don't Want to Stop by [livejournal.com profile] traintracks
Originally published June 7, 2013 on Livejournal as part of [livejournal.com profile] hd_smoochfest

Rated: NC-17
Word Count: 16,300
Summary: It's Harry and Draco's eighth year, the Houses have been all but demolished in favor of unity, and they're being forced to room together. How ever will they cope?

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Harry and Draco making a bet (or deal) and the loser being forced to provide sexual favors to the winner is another trope I adore. Some of these have the loser secretly happy to have lost, but not all of them! The winner is almost always happy, however :)

(There's a popular version of this trope which involves making the loser wear a dress - or heels, makeup, lingerie, etc. - but that's not really a kink I'm into, so none of these involve cross-dressing, sorry!)



Draco wins the bet
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Harry wins the bet
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Eighth year is a popular era, so I'm doing more eighth year recs :) These are all drabbles and ficlets (less than 1000 words) which nevertheless manage to deliver great scenes and images.



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I did Veela fics, so now it's time for werewolves :) Werewolf fics often come with a side of Alpha/Beta/Omega dynamics and knotting, so I've sorted these fics into two groups depending on how overt the ABO dynamics are. Tomorrow I'll do a set of ABO recs without the werewolves.



Fics with less overt or no ABO (usually just one of them is a werewolf)

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Fics with more overt ABO dynamics (often both of them have werewolf-like traits)

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I'm combining two character-centric HP fests into one rec post for rectober. Back in January, the [livejournal.com profile] harrybang fest gave us Harry-focused lengthy fics, and more recently [livejournal.com profile] bottom_draco gave us Draco-focused transformation fics. So what could be better than the two together?
All fics recced are Drarry, of course :)



HarryBang

favicon Right Hand Red by [livejournal.com profile] lumosed_quill ( NC-17 | 73,000 )
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favicon Kiss Me (Under the Light of a Thousand Stars) by [livejournal.com profile] sophie_french ( NC-17 | 115,000 )
Read more... )


Bottom_Draco

favicon My Life As A Butterfly by [livejournal.com profile] digthewriter ( NC-17 | 22,300 )
Read more... )

favicon Full Circle by [livejournal.com profile] sp_owl ( NC-17 | 14,000 )
Read more... )


For those who care: All the fics above are bottom!Draco, except for Kiss Me (Under the Light of a Thousand Stars), which is switching.


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Happy Birthday LQ!

I didn't know what I could do for you, so I made you a spreadsheet ♥

I wish I could write you a fic or do something else creative, but alas, it's spreadsheets and databases that I'm best at :) I'm still riding high on the awesomeness that was your [livejournal.com profile] fandomaid fic for me - Slip Into My Lover's Hands - and I know nothing I do will be as amazing as that, but I wanted to give you something.

Link to spreadsheet:

Anyone with the link can view it. It's an accounting of all of your HD fics, whether as [livejournal.com profile] lumosed_quill or [livejournal.com profile] traintracks. I've included links to the first place published (and pub date) as well as an AO3 link if it exists. Also basic info like rating and word count and summary.

I'm sorry that it's limited to just Drarry, but I was basing this off of my existing database, which is heavily skewed to HD. I didn't have time to find the rest (aside: LQ is very prolific in many pairings and threesomes!)

Hope you have a lovely birthday my dear!
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Yesterday [livejournal.com profile] vaysh got everyone on a Trope Meme kick, which was tons of fun. And then in a comment thread, she went and said:

"It would actually be fun to make rec lists of fics to go with the trope. It would take ages, though. :)
So you know me. If Vaysh makes an off-hand comment, I'm tempted to go do the thing :) (see: Who Tops More?)

So I went through the original list of 28 tropes and tried to find a representative (and awesome) HD rec for each one, while also trying not to duplicate any fics. But I decided that the original list was inadequate.

  • Some tropes needed to be renamed to more clearly fit HP (e.g. "High School/Uni AU" --> "8th year")
  • Some tropes needed to have subcategories within the trope (e.g. "Vampires/Werewolves AU" --> "Creature!fic" --> Veela, Werewolf, Vampire, etc.)

Once I did that, however, I felt like too many good fics were not being represented, so I added a bunch of additional HP tropes (second list at the end). All in all, I've recced 66 fics from 56 authors!

And even after all of that, there are still 4 tropes from the list that I could not think of any recs for:

  • Coffee House AU/Food Service AU
  • Fake Out Make Out
  • Incest
  • Selfcest
"Incest" and "Selfcest" really don't make sense for HD, but if anyone has good recs for the other two, let me know! (Coffee House AU is just not my thing, and I couldn't think of any examples of Fake Out Make Out :)

And also let me know if you think I missed any important tropes or fics that should have been recced instead


Tropes from the Meme
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Here are my favorite fics from the first ever [livejournal.com profile] hd_collab fest. Authors are currently anonymous. Names will be added after reveals.


If you're wanting an angsty fic, I recommend one of these:

favicon O Sinners, Let's Go Down (NC-17 | 32,000) by [livejournal.com profile] birdsofshore with art by [livejournal.com profile] raitala
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favicon Up in the Air (PG-13 | 8,500) by [livejournal.com profile] dicta_contrion with art by [livejournal.com profile] kazuya22
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favicon Until It Rains (Don’t Keep Me Waiting Too Long) (NC-17 | 7,400) by [livejournal.com profile] lumosed_quill and [livejournal.com profile] sdkshelly
Read more... )

If you're wanting light-hearted comedy instead, may I suggest one of these:

favicon The Four Ds of Apparition (or: Destination, Determination, Deliberation, and Dicks) (NC-17 | 36,500) by [livejournal.com profile] eidheann_writes and [livejournal.com profile] firethesound
Read more... )

favicon The Morning After (R | 5,500) by [livejournal.com profile] birdsofshore and [livejournal.com profile] capitu
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In addition to fics, there was lots of lovely art for this fest as well, and much of it seems to be by new-to-me artists. I especially enjoyed the art that accompanied O Sinners, Let's Go Down and Up in the Air above, as well as the stand-alone piece Draco Malfoy and the Temple of Runes by [livejournal.com profile] iwao and [livejournal.com profile] this_bloody_cat. Go check them out!
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I was so impressed with the consistent quality of all the fics posted to the [livejournal.com profile] dracomalfoy Kinks and Tropes fest that it was really hard to select which ones to rec! Seriously, there were so many great fics, and you should go read them all! But I forced myself to pick my favorite Drarry fics anyway, so here they are:

Just. No. by [livejournal.com profile] frnklymrshnkly, PG, 400 words
Summary: How does Draco hate leather pants? Let him count the ways.
This was hilarious meta humor. It's a perfect scene, and Draco's snark and wit are spot on.


favicon The man of the hour by [livejournal.com profile] digthewriter, PG-13, 1,180 words (fest link)
Summary: For the prompt: Pansy has enchanted Draco's birthday cake so it actually fulfils Draco's wish as he blows out the candles. Who would've thought Harry Potter would show up out of nowhere?
Very funny, very sexy and a perfect response to the prompt :) Loved it!


favicon The Clinical Exam by [livejournal.com profile] sp_owl, NC-17, 1,337 words (fest link)
Summary: Harry is a healer in training. Malfoy is paid to be the patient.
I have a secret thing for medical kink, and this was terrific! The premise was pulled off really well: it was clear that Draco needed the money, and it seemed totally in character for him to be shameless about it and try to rile Harry up. And of course, Harry would get thrown off by Draco being his patient. Very fun.


favicon These Familiar Things by [livejournal.com profile] disapparater, PG, 1,500 words (fest link)
Summary: Despite being a teacher, despite a library full of students, despite the thoughts he's having, despite... well, a lot of things, Harry will always end up fighting with Draco.
Sharp and witty and in character. Cute and enjoyable fic!


In the Hospital Wing by [livejournal.com profile] birdsofshore, R, 100 words
Summary: (my summary) Draco stumbles across Harry in the hospital wing sporting a *problem* he can help with.
When drabbles work, they REALLY work, and this one really works :) Hot and fun.


favicon Kiss Me by [livejournal.com profile] lumosed_quill, R, 100 words (fest link)
Summary: Draco had a bad dream and Harry is all about making him forget.
She paints the whole scene and how their relationship works and makes it hot and it's only 100 words. Jesus.
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The 'That Picture' flash fest at [livejournal.com profile] hd_remix was such a treat that it needs two posts! My previous post contained quotes from all of the wonderful stories generated by Alekina's picture, while here I'm just going to rec my favorites :)

When Alekina first posted her amazing artwork, I was inspired to create a list of Dark Mark removal fic recs (though maybe I should have called them "Dark Mark modification fics" since the mark is not always removed!).
This can be thought of as "part 2" of that list ♥


HarryDarkMarkDraco

Best fics from 'That Picture' flash fest, novella category:

favicon Unexpected Consequences by [livejournal.com profile] lauren3210, NC-17, 39,200 words
Summary: Harry was going back to school. He was going to play Quidditch, sleep in lessons, hang out with his friends, and generally just enjoy being a kid for a change. And he was also going to do it while being bonded with Malfoy, because apparently life was just going to continue throwing curveballs at him. Harry didn't know why he expected anything different.
This fic has both all the feels and all the sex! My two favorite things!
The characterizations of Harry, Draco, and Hermione in this fic are so well done. We understand right away why Draco would agree to be bonded to Harry for the year, and why Harry would (reluctantly) agree to this as well.
There are so many wonderful details throughout the fic that reveal how much attention Harry and Draco had been paying to each other in previous years and why they know each other's habits and preferences so well. And there's this whole section where Draco is first musing on the rumor mill and his own feelings and wants for Harry, which was simultaneously incredibly moving and incredibly hot.
And there's so much wonderful wonderful sex in this story! But best of all, all of the sex scenes are important in terms of character development and plot. They are not merely gratuitous.
This was a wonderful, wonderful story, and I'm so, so, happy that it sprang from my prompt. But honestly, even if this hadn't been written for me, I would have loved it still. It's fantastic. (extended rec at hd-storyroom)
Dark Mark remastered: Harry takes over the control of the mark, but doesn't change it


favicon Like Diamonds We Are Cut With Our Own Dust by [livejournal.com profile] raitala, NC-17, 10,914 words
Summary: Draco has borne the mark of the Dark Lord for over ten years. It is familiar to him, but he pays the price for it every day, and Harry has noticed.
This was so beautiful, and so perfect! The image she painted with her words fit the image Alekina painted with her brushes just flawlessly.
The premise here is that Harry and Draco are partnered cursebreakers. Harry comes to realize that Draco's mark is a drag on his magic and that it has been searching for a new master. Indeed, Harry can feel the pull of the mark on himself and offers to remove it. It's a question of trust: can Draco trust Harry to remove the mark without installing himself as its new master, and can Harry trust himself not to give in to temptation? I just adore Raitala's dry wit in this story. So many wonderful lines. And I'm in love with her biting, sarcastic, irreverent Draco, and her restrained yet oh-so-powerful Harry too.
Dark Mark removal: Harry decides to remove Draco's mark


favicon Where Darkness Follows by [livejournal.com profile] alpha_exodus, NC-17, 12,000 words
Summary: Harry dreams of snakes and darkness, and Malfoy is always watching him.
This was a really really fascinating story and well told. I was totally sucked in and trying to figure out what was actually going on! What was the connection between Harry and Draco and why does it make Harry's head hurt? Fortunately, the revelations at the end were delicious and lovely and heart-wrenching. ♥
Dark Mark removal: Harry decides to remove Draco's mark


Best fics from 'That Picture' flash fest, single scene category:

favicon Harry Potter and the Mysterious Portrait Painter (or How Harry Came To Realise Draco Has A Magnificent Arse) by [livejournal.com profile] create_serenity, PG-13, 1,600 words
Summary: No one had much minded when the pictures first started appearing; even Draco only greeted them with a raised eyebrow. Now it seemed Harry really should have given them more thought.
This was an utterly delightful scene. The dialogue was just great: absurdly meta and full of wonderful snarky banter. And I loved that Draco was fully conscious of just how devastatingly attractive he looked :) My only complaint is that the story needs a continuation! Why is Alekina painting portraits at Hogwarts, and when will Harry and Draco just give in and start snogging? The public needs to know!
Dark Mark meta humor: Draco asks Harry what he's doing to his mark


favicon The Artist by [livejournal.com profile] lumosed_quill, PG-13, 1,200 words
Summary: They said a thousand Galleons would buy the best. I should have known. Nobody uses language like that unless they mean him.
Beautiful and intense and with a terrific ending. I loved the way we got into Draco's head in this scene - that Draco hadn't known it would be Harry until he saw him arrive, and that Harry had no obvious reaction to seeing that it was Draco. And the way she described how Harry touched Draco as he was removing the mark was perfect. Now that's just how I'll always picture it.
Dark Mark removal: Harry is asked to remove Draco's mark


And just to entice you further, don't forget these were all inspired by this wonderful piece of Drarry fan art:

Alekina

He wants to laugh at the irony, he really does, as he lets Potter
brand his arm and override the dark mark with a new one.


credit (art and quote): Alekina

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"That Picture" Scenes

The 'That Picture' flash fest at [livejournal.com profile] hd_remix has just ended and I am in awe of all the amazing stories inspired by Alekina's fantastic art:

 

Alekina

He wants to laugh at the irony, he really does, as he lets Potter
brand his arm and override the dark mark with a new one.

credit (art and quote): Alekina

 

The old saying is that 'a picture is worth a thousand words', but in this case it was actually worth over 92,000 words from 11 different authors :)

I thought it would be cool to excerpt quotes from each of the fest fics of the scene which most closely resembles Alekina's picture. In order of publication:

 


 

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Note: my previous rec list of Dark Mark removal fics were not inspired by Alekina's art, so I will be posting a new set of selected recs from this fest shortly! here.

 

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What follows is a list of my picks for the best Drarry fanfiction of 2014
(29 fics, sorted by date published)

Updated Apr 12, 2015

Note: There are so many lists of favorite Harry/Draco fanfiction, but I'm doing something a little different. Rather than create a list based on genre or length or era or whatever, I've decided to do a series of "best-of X year" lists. This means the year the work was published not the year I read it.

Holy cow this list was hard to pare down! It's longer than any of my previous year's lists, most likely because I read more fanfic published in 2014 than in any other year. Basically the further back in time you go, the less fanfic I will have read. But that just means this list is the most comprehensive so far :)

More lists:

2014 list--click to expand )

General notes:

  • The "original post" column provides links to the first place I can find evidence of the work online. However, it can be really tough to determine when and where a work was first published (see my rant here: Dates Matter). So it could be that a fic was actually published earlier somewhere else and I didn't know it. Corrections are welcome.
  • I've read a lot of HD fiction, but I certainly haven't read it all, so if I've left off something you think I shouldn't have, I'm happy for you to let me know.
  • I may continue to add works to this list but I will try to keep the total number to 30(?) or less. (On the challenge of maintaining lists)
  • My goal is to add lists for other years as well, time permitting.

How my fic preferences will skew the lists:

  • I tend to like fics which contain explicit sex, so the list will probably skew that way. However, I prefer that there be an actual plot, not just sex, and I read PG rated fics too--just fewer of them.
  • I like almost all the standard tropes, but I don't usually go for non-magical AUs, unhappy endings, dark!fic, or threesomes
  • I don't give a toss who's on top or bottom, so you'll find both here.
  • I shy away from epic-length fanfiction unless I'm very confident in the author, so most of my recs will be less than 100,000 words.
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What follows is a list of my picks for the best Drarry fanfiction of 2013
(22 fics, sorted by date published)

Almost up to 2014!

Note: There are so many lists of favorite Harry/Draco fanfiction, but I'm doing something a little different. Rather than create a list based on genre or length or era or whatever, I've decided to do a series of "best-of X year" lists. This means the year the work was published not the year I read it.

More lists:

2013 list )

General notes:

  • The "original post" column provides links to the first place I can find evidence of the work online. However, it can be really tough to determine when and where a work was first published (see my rant here: Dates Matter). So it could be that a fic was actually published earlier somewhere else and I didn't know it. Corrections are welcome.
  • I've read a lot of HD fiction, but I certainly haven't read it all, so if I've left off something you think I shouldn't have, I'm happy for you to let me know.
  • I may continue to add works to this list but I will try to keep the total number to 25(?) or less. (On the challenge of maintaining lists)
  • My goal is to add lists for other years as well, time permitting.

How my fic preferences will skew the lists:

  • I tend to like fics which contain explicit sex, so the list will probably skew that way. However, I prefer that there be an actual plot, not just sex, and I read PG rated fics too--just fewer of them.
  • I like almost all the standard tropes, but I don't usually go for non-magical AUs, unhappy endings, dark!fic, or threesomes
  • I don't give a toss who's on top or bottom, so you'll find both here.
  • I shy away from epic-length fanfiction unless I'm very confident in the author, so most of my recs will be less than 100,000 words.

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