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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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To celebrate the new year, I've got recs of some of my favorite 2015 Drarry fics that came out of non-Drarry focused fests (that I haven't already featured in other rec posts already, that is).



[livejournal.com profile] hp_kinkfest:
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[livejournal.com profile] do_me_veela:
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[livejournal.com profile] hp_mhealthfest:
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[livejournal.com profile] hp_creatures:
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[livejournal.com profile] mini_fest:
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Note: I was waiting for [livejournal.com profile] mini_fest to post their reveals, but I have no idea when that will be, so I gave in and posted now :)
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Oh man, [livejournal.com profile] hd_erised continues to be the best HD fest of the year! The authors and artists all bring their A-game to this fest, making it so hard to narrow down the choices of which ones to rec. But I persevered, and bring you my favorite works of fic and art from HD-erised 2015 :)



Fic Recs:

favicon Solder by [livejournal.com profile] oakstone730 ( NC-17 | 35,000 ) 29-Dec-2015
Summary: Seven years ago, Harry disappeared out of Draco and Scorpius's life without a trace after Harry's addictions destroyed his and Draco's marriage. Now, Harry’s back, and Draco wants to believe he’s changed. But Harry isn’t the only one haunted by the past.
Review... )

favicon Dear Uncle Plume by [livejournal.com profile] eidheann_writes ( NC-17 | 16,500 ) 17-Dec-2015
Summary: Life after war is nothing like Draco expected. He only hopes he'll survive it. Especially when his friends are less than sympathetic.
Review... )

favicon Any Instrument by [livejournal.com profile] dicta_contrion ( NC-17 | 130,000 ) 19-Dec-2015
Summary: Draco Malfoy wouldn't go back to England for anything less than an exceptional case. Being asked to figure out why Harry Potter can't control his magic might be exceptional enough to qualify.
Review... )

favicon The Deeper Symbolism Behind Golden Apples by [livejournal.com profile] oldenuf2nb ( R | 26,700 ) 16-Dec-2015
Summary: When the Wizengamot insists Chief Auror Harry Potter pose for a statue for the Ministry Atrium, why are his friends reluctant to tell him who the sculptor is?
Review... )

favicon Incongruent by [livejournal.com profile] agentmoppet ( NC-17 | 41,000 ) 28-Dec-2015
Summary: The war has left its mark on everyone. The Ministry, as usual, is only too happy to take advantage. But Harry won't let them destroy his home, no matter what he has to do to stop them. And no matter if a certain Draco Malfoy insists on getting him off track.
Review... )

favicon A Convenient Impracticality by [livejournal.com profile] firethesound ( NC-17 | 38,000 ) 1-Dec-2015
Summary: Somehow Harry ends up agreeing to a fake relationship with his ex-nemesis-turned-friendly-acquaintance-with-benefits, except for some reason it involves an awful lot of actual dating and, sadly, not much sex. Confused? Harry is too, but when has anything with Draco Malfoy ever been as straightforward as it seems?
Review... )

favicon I Bet That You Look Good on the Dancefloor by [livejournal.com profile] birdsofshore ( NC-17 | 28,000 ) 18-Dec-2015
Summary: Harry felt lit up from inside as soon as he entered the bar. There were blokes dancing together, their bodies close to one another, not keeping a wary distance as Harry was always careful to do when he was near another man. God, he wanted this – wanted it so much he could taste it, a metallic tang of heat and desire. He suspected nothing would ever be the same again – especially when he saw who else was in the room.
Review... )

favicon The Destiny You Sold by [livejournal.com profile] tryslora ( NC-17 | 59,000 ) 12-Dec-2015
Summary: In which Draco knits, Harry makes wands, and things get very tangled up between them.
Review... )

favicon Almost Like Song by [livejournal.com profile] melusinahp ( NC-17 | 7,000 ) 16-Dec-2015
Summary: They were once lovers, but Harry hasn't seen Draco in years, so it's a bit of a shock when he appears to warn Harry about an upcoming Auror mission.
Review... )

favicon Dirty Talk on Christmas Morning by [livejournal.com profile] amorette ( NC-17 | 1,700 ) 24-Dec-2015
Summary: Emotions run thick as the boys exchange gifts on their first Christmas morning together.
Review... )




Art Recs:

A Night At The Leaky Cauldron by [livejournal.com profile] isinuyasha ( PG | Photoshop ) 10-Dec-2015
Summary: It took a while for Draco to notice that he didn't really mind that Potter kept dragging him along to these "cozy" after work get-togethers at the Leaky Cauldron.
This is so great. I love how the artist drew all of Harry and Draco's friends, and still kept the focus on the two of them. And the way Harry is leaning in to whisper to Draco just says so much about the closeness of their relationship. Everybody looks so great and the holiday lights in the background are so festive! Wonderful job all around :)
Snowy Snogfest by [livejournal.com profile] mybutterflower (mitsouparker) ( PG | Digital Painting ) 25-Dec-2015
Summary: Draco & Harry are snogging in the snow after shopping in Hogsmeade.
This is absolutely stunning! I love how absorbed in each other they are (evidenced by the spilled candies!), and the lovely color scheme and soft-focus background. The contrast between Draco's hair and Harry's hair is perfect too, and the whole scene is so amazingly holiday appropriate. A gorgeous and beautiful piece of art!




Note: Authors and artists are still anonymous. Names will be added after the reveals!
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The [livejournal.com profile] hd_fan_fair fest has just ended, and I was really impressed by the overall quality of the fics! I enjoyed reading all of them, but these were my favorites:



Read more... )



P.S. If you missed it, I posted a great-big wrap-up post yesterday of all of my 31 (!!!) Rectober posts, which amounted to 157 different fics. Check it out!
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I thought I'd finish up rectober with a set of my favorite fics involving time travel, in keeping with the amazing favicon Tea and No Sympathy which I recced yesterday.

(I'm going to be posting a rectober wrap-up post in just a little bit too.)



Time-traveler!Harry
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Time-traveler!Draco
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banner by [livejournal.com profile] capitu
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What if it's not all hearts and flowers after Harry and Draco finally get together? (No! Say it isn't so!) In real life, certainly, most relationships suffer ups and downs through the years, and in some cases the downs can break you apart.

While I admit that I generally prefer to read about how these characters get together in the first place (yes, I know, I am such a sap!), these fics do a wonderful job exploring what might come after. And it's often the case that in so doing we get to explore a more nuanced, mature version of love than what we see in the early stages. And that's not a bad thing :)



Click for recs )



banner by [livejournal.com profile] capitu
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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 )




banner by [livejournal.com profile] capitu
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Another all-time-favorite trope of mine is characters being forced to tell the truth. Awkward confessions and embarrassment FTW! In the world of HP, this is usually accomplished through the use of veritaserum, though sometimes we get unusual curses instead. It's all good :)

Great fics in which either Harry or Draco (or both!) are compelled to tell the truth below.



Veritaserum
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Truth-telling Curses
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banner by [livejournal.com profile] capitu
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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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banner by [livejournal.com profile] capitu
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For today's rectober post, I've picked some of my favorite humorous Drarry fics. Because pub dates is my thing, these are all from 2013 and 2014 :)



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"But snowgall," I hear you saying, "What about The Four Ds of Apparition (or: Destination, Determination, Deliberation, and Dicks) by [livejournal.com profile] eidheann_writes and [livejournal.com profile] firethesound? Isn't that hilarious too?"
YES IT IS. But (a) it's from 2015 and (b) I just recced it two months ago. Haven't you been paying attention? :D




banner by [livejournal.com profile] capitu
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Happy Birthday [livejournal.com profile] birdsofshore!

I wanted to make you the bestest gift ever, but all I really know how to do is make spreadsheets :(

So I made you one of all your fics. I even included non-HD fics. I *think* I got them all (edit: birds found one I missed, and I've now added it!).

I was being super industrious, so I included columns with "timeframe" and "theme" and "top/bottom" with info for nearly all of you fics. It's as accurate as I could get it, without [livejournal.com profile] capitu in town to check it over for me! If you spot any (more!) errors, please let me know!

I added your email address as someone who can "edit", and I am also sharing the viewable link here for everyone else:


I also wanted to tell everyone else that last month birds let me upload one of her early fics to AO3 for her. Go re-read it and give kudos on it if you haven't already!

After Hours at the Ministry of Magic

Love you muchly, and hope you have a wonderful birthday!
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I usually do a wrap-up rec list after a fest ends, so I figured I should do so for [livejournal.com profile] slythindor100's Last Drabble Writer Standing (LDWS) contest as well :) This was the first year I've voted in the contest, and it was lots of fun. It was so fascinating to see how differently all of the talented authors interpreted the prompts, and so wonderfully surprising to find out who the drabble writers had been each week.


The cool thing is that I ended up voting for a different drabble writer each of the first 5 weeks! (completely unintentionally of course, as the authors were always anonymous until after the votes were tallied) My top picks each week didn't always match the winners of each week (in fact they rarely did :), but for the record, they were:

Week 1: Happy Birthday by [livejournal.com profile] josephinestone
Week 2: Then and Now by [livejournal.com profile] birdsofshore
Week 3: the invasion by [livejournal.com profile] bloodisshrp
Week 4: My Sweetest Downfall by [livejournal.com profile] writcraft (that week's winner)
Week 5: You Are My Greatest Adventure by [livejournal.com profile] capitu (how was this eliminated???)
Week 6: Coming Clean by [livejournal.com profile] birdsofshore
Week 7: Winning Moves by [livejournal.com profile] birdsofshore (that week's winner)
Week 8: Laid Bare by [livejournal.com profile] writcraft

Week 2 was a very strong week. I also loved:
Love tastes like... by [livejournal.com profile] bloodisshrp (that week's winner)
Unspeak, Speak, Oddment, Tweak by [livejournal.com profile] khalulu


Congratulations to [livejournal.com profile] birdsofshore for being the Last Drabble Writer Standing at the end, and to all of the talented authors who contributed to the fest and made it so enjoyable ♥

P.S. I hope that the authors will also feel encouraged to post their drabbles to AO3, in whatever format they happen to prefer :)
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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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More Tropes that Should Have Been Listed Read more... )

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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
Read more... )

favicon Up in the Air (PG-13 | 8,500) by [livejournal.com profile] dicta_contrion with art by [livejournal.com profile] kazuya22
Read more... )

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
Read more... )

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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Title: favicon Draco at Nineteen (or on LJ)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] birdsofshore
Pairing: Draco/Harry
Rating: NC-17
Word count: ~5000
Summary: It's the middle of the night and Harry Potter is sitting on my bed looking distinctly weird. I've had some fucked-up dreams in my time, but this takes the biscuit.

Oh. my. God. This was so awesome! Not only porn but so many feels! I loved it! And even though this is a Harry/Draco story, the time travel aspect manages to sneak in some cross-gen age-disparity and hotness :)

future!Harry has travelled back in time to visit Draco on the eve of his 19th birthday and reassure him that even though his life sucks right now, it's all going to get so much better. Of course, he doesn't just meet him in the hallway or something, but goes to his dormroom in the middle of the night and gets under the bedcovers with him. Because of course he does :)

Draco and Harry are not yet together yet in the past, and indeed are still glaring at each other in the Great Hall at mealtimes. So Draco is of course quite taken aback by this encounter. But also maybe a little turned on too :) And of course Harry is turned on as well, and it all goes quite a bit further than maybe Harry thought it would.

I love that future!Harry feels so guilty for possibly taking advantage of a younger Draco even though we know that future!Draco actually planned this encounter. After all, it already happened to him. But Harry doesn't seem to grasp that, the silly man.

So many great lines, especially this one:

“Fuck, Potter, did you turn up simply to remind me how crap my life is?”


And this whole exchange is golden:

“I know perfectly well that although you think I'm a stupid prat, you also secretly fancy me, and—”
“Shut the fuck up, Potter!”
“And you think about me, quite a lot in fact, and you—”
“That is a load of bullshit and lies—”
“And the reason I know all this is because you told me this yourself, shortly after we got together, and I also know that you wank over me quite frequently, and—”
I've got my wand drawn, now, and pointing at his stupid, smug face.
“And I think that's so fucking hot, Draco."


They're both so perfectly in character and the dialogue is just so revealing of who they both are.

But the sex! I can't even tell you. It's exactly what I love the most. First times! Preparation! (oh yummy yummy) Dominance! I'm just a lovely pile of goo :)

This was a birthday present for me, but I promise you, I would have loved this regardless, and you will too!
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My Favourite Drarry Tumblr (Meme)


 


 


What's your favourite Drarry Tumblr?
dictacontrion

And why?
I'm here for the Drarry quotes, baby!



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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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