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Omigod, I'm so exhausted! Why did I ever decide to try to post recs every day all through rectober? What was I thinking? I may need to go on semi-hiatus after this!

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List of my rectober 2015 posts (in order of posting):
(all fics recced are Draco/Harry)
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Total number of recs:
    157 different fics by 84 different authors
    14 pieces of art by 13 different artists



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And yet somehow there are still tons of fics I wanted to rec but wasn't able to fit into the various themes. There are so many good fics! I will do more, but not just yet. I do have a set of Christmas-themed recs that I'm planning for December, but that (and fest recs) may be it for a while :)

If my posts led you to any new fics you enjoyed, I'd love to know!




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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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I recced this fic for hd-storyroom back when it first came out, and I knew immediately that it would be one of my all-time favorites. This fic is just about perfect, and I can't rec it enough :)



favicon Tea and No Sympathy by [livejournal.com profile] who_la_hoop
Originally published December 23, 2014 on Livejournal as part of the [livejournal.com profile] hd_erised fest

Rated: NC-17
Word Count: 70,000
Summary: It’s Potter’s fault, of course, that Draco finds himself trapped in the same twenty-four-hour period, repeating itself over and over again. It’s been nearly a year since the unpleasant business at Hogwarts, and Draco’s getting on with his life quite nicely, thank you, until Harry sodding Potter steps in and ruins it all, just like always. At first, though, the time loop seems liberating. For the first time in his life, he can do anything, say anything, be anything, without consequence. But the more Draco repeats the day, the more he realises the uncomfortable truth: he’s falling head over heels for the speccy git. And suddenly, the time loop feels like a trap. For how can he ever get Harry to love him back when time is, quite literally, against him?

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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 :)



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Animal transformation fics are different from traditional "creature" fics (such as veelas, vampires, and werewolves) as in the latter cases the character is usually considered not-quite-human. And even in their 'human' form they will have heightened senses or additional powers and such. No, here they are just temporarily transformed into an unremarkable animal, whether by choice or by curse.

As I was putting this list together I realized that this trope is most often used as part of an "Identity Unknown" type plot. In the fics recced below, it turns out it's always Harry who transforms into some sort of animal, and Draco who is temporarily clueless as to his true identity.

Now that I think about it, this is the opposite direction of deception as in my previous sets of Identity Unknown recs, where Harry is more often the clueless one. This may or may not be significant. Hmmm....

While the transformation is most often due to Harry's being an Animagus, sometimes it's caused by a curse instead. Either way, Draco isn't able to figure it out right away, which is part of the fun :)



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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!)


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favicon Last City by [livejournal.com profile] zeitgeistic
Originally published April 30, 2014 on Livejournal as part of the [livejournal.com profile] dracotops_harry fest

Rated: NC-17
Word Count: 27,500
Summary: Twenty-four Twenty-three men, six cities, and one unusual sexual requirement.

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It took me a while to appreciate Mpreg as a trope, and I still don't seek it out regularly. But some authors do such a great job with it that I can't help but love their fics.

I've mentioned before that my very favorite Mpreg fic is favicon You First, Loser by [livejournal.com profile] zeitgeistic, but since I put that fic in my Humorous Fics rec list, I won't be re-reccing it here. More's the pity - if you haven't read that one, make sure you do!

The Mpreg fics on this list are a lot angstier than that fic anyway, so I guess it would have been out of place here :)

Draco seems to get pregnant much more often than Harry in fanfic (as I've also discussed before, with stats!) which you'll notice in the division of the two sets of fics below. Note: This list is far from exhaustive, but I was trying to keep it to a reasonable length and variety. I guess I will have to do another Mpreg rec list someday!



Mpreg!Draco

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Mpreg!Harry

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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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Guys...I'm having a bit of a hard time trying to divide up all my favorite stories into rec lists! I'm trying not to make every list about 8th year AND I'm trying to avoid to creating enormous rec posts with 20+ fics! But I seriously have a list of over a hundred 8th year fics I love, and I'm not going to be able to fit them all in by the end :(

For what it's worth, I am also trying not to repeat fics during rectober, so that means trying to place each fic on just one list each, even though some fics could easily fit into two or more. Case in point, [livejournal.com profile] who_la_hoop's How to Handle an Enemy series, which could have fit in the earlier party games rec list or the upcoming veritaserum theme. But instead it's here!

And I built a whole theme around it too :) Here, then, are "awesomely smutty 8th year stories which are so good they required sequels" ♥



by [livejournal.com profile] who_la_hoop


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by [livejournal.com profile] treacle_tartlet


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by [livejournal.com profile] fr333bird


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by [livejournal.com profile] firethesound


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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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This fic is such a classic! And comically takes sex magic to it's ridiculous limit, but in the best possible way :)



Rituals and Traditions by [livejournal.com profile] amanuensis1
Originally published January 21, 2003 at the Restricted Section (at least, that's the earliest copy I can find)

Rated: NC-17
Word Count: 6,700
Summary: Draco shackled to a pillar. Harry wielding a sword. One goofy plot device. You do the math.

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I've seen rec requests for this trope before on other blogs, so I know people want to read these fics (and so do I!) The thing is, there aren't yet a whole lot of ABO fics written for the Harry/Draco pairing. Indeed, many of the ones I know of are werewolf fics (see yesterday's rec post). But these are my favorites of the non-werewolf ones I've read so far.



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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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As promised, a set of light-hearted Veela fics to complement yesterday's angst-filled set.

I'm sorry if my reviews here seem brief and repetitive - cute! funny! sweet! clever! hilarious! Well what can I say? It's all true :)



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Gotta have a rec list or two for Drarry Veela fics, don't I? This first set is all angsty (though the authors may sprinkle some dark humor in along with their angst too). Tomorrow's set will be light-hearted and humorous Veela fics instead :)



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Yesterday's rec list was all about unusual and predestined bonds. Today's rec also involves a certain type of romantic predestination, at least from the perspective of Harry's house :)



favicon Matchmaker, Matchmaker by [livejournal.com profile] firethesound
Originally published September 26, 2013 on Livejournal

Rated: NC-17
Word Count: 11,700
Summary: Sometimes, Harry can't help but wonder why such strange shit always happens to him.

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More bonding fic recs! This set is divided into two subtypes:
  • Soulmate Connections - where Harry and Draco are destined to be together and just have to discover that fact
  • Wand Connections - where the fact that Harry used Draco's wand to kill Voldemort forges a bond which brings them together
Unlike my first set of bonding fics, these fics aren't limited to 8th year, although several 8th year fics still snuck in :)



Soulmates

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Wand Connections

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