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Freezer Burn by Domenika Marzione | The Avengers all fandoms | 194,178 Words, ~746 pages | Action/Adventure
“This is possibly the most articulately adult, mature, rational, and believable fic I have ever read.
I am so intrigued by the slow build of crime/thriller elements, the artful way you threw in the politics of agencies and made steve NOT. DUMB. but in a rational way without being bound by hyperbole emotions.
Also the perfect balance of the avengers being a decent team but also having their own lives- as a group of people in their 30's-40's is wont to do. LOVE. IT.I feel like i'm reading a sydney sheldon novel with how believable your male leads are in action and thought, and how matter-of-fact your female leads are.
The military life details and understandings are EXCELLENT. I am engaged to an airforce engineer and I truly appreciate that you have given this facet of steve's life depth, insight, and details!” – Elemenohp
“Breathtakingly done. Thank you for writing such a fantastic, immersive, engrossing story with a layer of realism you rarely find in the canon works, nevermind the fanfiction. I've been enthralled with this since I started it, and have been reading as voraciously as my schedule would allow. You do good work.” – PrimaryFeather
“Wow, that was seriously epic. Loved all the day-to-day details of Steve situating himself in the "now," with the food details (OMG, totally drooling over all the food descriptions) and picking up art again. You write great characters - loved all the team interaction, the insight into Natasha and Bruce, Tony and the way different people react to him - all very believable and honest. Loved your OCs as well (um, I think they're OC's; I'm not well versed on the comics), and all the bureaucratic/ military hierarchy details came though very well. Thank you for sharing this!” – joyouslee
“I am really enjoying the MCU but have never read any of the comics (don't get on with the media), so I suspect there are lots of references I'm missing, but conversely there is undoubtedly benefit in being able to be surprised by what happens next more so than I might otherwise be.
Your writing is always like catnip to me, I always end up more invested in your characters(/characterisations) and universes than the source materiel. As always, I am in love with your characterisation, your long and wonderfully plotty story arc, the funny, the accuracy and realism you bring; you have this knack for lots of detail without unnecessary exposition, and, particularly in the more person centred scenes, leaving just the right amount up to the reader's imagination, and that brevity always seem to pack a more powerful punch.” – vonknibble
“Wow, this was without a doubt the most ambitious, amazing, detailed and awesome story I have ever read in Avengers fandom. It took me ages to get through (which is a good thing!!) and I don't even know what to flail most about. The whole thing is simple awe-inspiring. Thanks so much for writing and sharing it.” – pulangaraw
**Fanfic can take the characters from the show and place them in a completely different setting so you can see how they stand up to entirely new circumstances. This is called an Alternate Universe - in this case it's a Coffee Shop AU, which is a common fanfic trope. It's a great way to get into a new fandom if you haven't watched the show because you don’t need any knowledge of the show to understand the plot of the story, as is the case for this fic. The 'Angst' tag is often used for situations of emotional difficulty. If you're interested in checking out the characters you can watch Dr. Who 2006 (Season/Series2) on Amazon Prime, iTunes, or Netflix - a good one to start with might be School Reunion. Runtime for each episode is about 45 minutes.
"God, I am so in love with this verse. And I'm going to be that person who'll suggest you just go right ahead and sell this to publishers. Get an editor, an agent, anyone. Because if something like Twilight or 50 Shades or Mortal Instruments got published, I don't see why the hell this can't. Because the premise, the pacing, the characterizations... as a fellow writer and storyteller, I am just so, so in love with this.
At one point, I was reminded of Audrey Niffenegger's book, The Time Traveler's Wife. I know that the plots are quite different, but this story has encouraged a similar level of emotional attachment to the protagonists as with that book. I do not doubt for a moment that if you let someone who has not even heard of Doctor Who or the term 'fanfiction' read this, it would still be much appreciated. I could go on and on, but let me just end it with a thank you. Thank you for giving us this absolutely wonderful story. I look forward to the day you'll get to treat us to a brand new literary journey with The Doctor and Rose." – rarelycanon
“Thanks for this unusual story! I think what I liked most is how you stayed in character for Dudley AND combined that with the important after war themes. Great original characters too.” – Mari83
“An excellent tale, well told. I thought you did a good job of providing a realistic journey for Dudley to choose to step up instead of passively fading away. I like that you ended with hope and that you didn't brush away the aftershocks of the war and the cultural divides as if everything would go back to just fine after Voldemort was dead. All in all, thank you for writing!” – Phoenix Flight
“Great story. Dudley's journey just fits - no hurried redemption, no overdose of angst, a good, logical mix of drama and evolving characters.” – Starfox5
“Great story! I loved the format you used with news articles at the end of each chapter. And the final one - Molly's article was a perfect ending to the story, put the message of the whole fic into perspective. You are so right about Dudley's "side character" status, which is not only limited to canon. Even in the HP fanfic community, his story is rarely explored and his character seldom a protagonist. So bravo! Great fic all-around!” – Inexplicably Waiting
“I have not read such fanfiction in a very long time. Incredible portrayal of characters. Dudley's transformation from Big D was the in-depth reveal that I always wanted from jkr. And making him a werewolf? Clever. I also loved how you let readers learn what happened to other characters though Dudley did not realize the significance. Very well done. I will be keeping my eyes open for new posts!” – bloombaby26
“I was lucky enough to stumble across your story today and got to read it all at once. It was heartbreaking and warming all at once.
Your characters didn't pull a deus ex machina and make everything perfect at the end or "magically" make everything better by getting involved, but they did make a difference by moving past apathy and taking action.
You showed Percy finding the cause he was looking for. Loose ends that bothered me in the books were neatly wrapped up or proved to not be loose ends at all. And, quite importantly, Dudley found a new normal. That's not an insignificant achievement.” – Code Aster
"What an utterly gorgeous piece of work--the story and the art. Love and adoration to you both! I wasn't intending to read all of this in one go, but there wasn't any way to stop. The whole arc unveiled itself so smoothly, so effortlessly--just spot on, from start to finish." – sheffiesharp
Author's Note: I love plot holes, and here’s a biggie:
Pike: “And if all else fails, fall back and rendezvous with the fleet in the Laurentian system. Kirk, I’m promoting you to first officer.”
Huh? I mean, that doesn’t make any sense! Jim’s just an untried cadet, and surely there are more seasoned officers on the Enterprise who should be first officer. Unless… does Pike know something about Kirk that we don’t? If he does, it must be pretty compelling…
That got me thinking, and it was the inspiration for this story."
**Fanfic of reboots re-imagines the cannon, just like the reboot itself does. In this case, Jim Kirk's time in Starfleet Academy and on Tarsus IV. 'Hurt/Comfort' is a tag that indicates one of the characters has gotten sick or injured, often significantly, and is cared for by another character. This is a prequel to the 2009 movie, which runs 126 minutes.
"Hello new head canon. This was absolutely fantastic! One of the best survival stories I've ever had the pleasure of reading!" – dentalfloss
"Superb characterization, clinically tidy, excellent work with the storyline, I'm definitely coming back to this one later. Also, I would totally watch this movie. Even if it wasn't Star Trek." - casicastiel
Hurricane by laurashapiro , Starbuck/Aeryn
Very hot, and also an extremely interesting pairing that I think would really work.
Cat's in the Cradle by daasgrrl
Creates an entirely realistic Father & Son relationship between House and Sherlock.
Under the Sheets by gaby0189x Arthur/Eames
HOT! An excellent story of their relationship.
Teardrops by gaby0189x Dom/Mal, Arthur/Eames
The story of how the four came together, and the aftermath of the movie. Beautiful, touching, heartbreaking.
There Are Legends by ras_elased Merlin/Arthur
Phenomenal tale of love through the ages.
I Swear by dualbunny, greensilver, and sweetestdrain, Clark/Lex
OMG if you haven't seen this you need to. It is CRACK, crack to be watched in a space safe for loud noises.
Family Business by newkidfan, Dean/Castiel
An amazing AU in which Castiel is an assassin and Sam and Dean are the FBI agents hunting him down.
I Want You by Maichan2, Sam/Dean
I love the way Maichan manipulates the footage to make it look like the boys are having an actual conversation about their relationship, with Sam asking and Dean saying no, until he gives in. Maichan actually makes a super-hot 'make the boys do it' type vid into a realistic study of their relationship and how Dean would respond to Sam's requests. I very nearly put all of Maichan's Sam/Dean vids in this list, but I decided to pick just one since they are all pretty similar. It was hard to pick.
Papa Don't Preach by fan-eunice and greensilver, Jack/Ianto
Jack's made up his mind, he's keeping his baby. This is the most adorable and squeeful thing ever.
X-Men: First Class
Never Tear Us Apart by Maichan2, Eric/Charles
Gorgeous, gorgeous use of many different sources to create a relationship through the centuries. Maichan says "Basically, this vid is an excuse for boys in cravats, suits, and uniforms."
The series has been podficced by pandarus, bronwynferchdai, revolutionaryjo, and song_lin. Links here and here. The readings are exceptionally well done, and really lent to the emotions I got while hearing the story for the first time.
A while back I posted about BBC Sherlock, and how I couldn’t figure out his character, or figure out how I felt about him and his relationship to John. Things got rough for me in RL for a while so I didn’t pursue the fandom, but the podfic for the series had been on my phone for months, and I figured I was way overdue to listen. Well, surprisingly enough, it sorted all my issues with Sherlock out neatly. This is Sherlock Holmes (BBC version, anyway) to me: brilliant, crazy, totally out of touch with our reality but trying trying to live his life without fucking everything up anyway. He’s not normal – far beyond normal, in fact- but he can still fall in love, still care about doing the right thing – all in his own way. He’s not Moiriorty, but he’s not John either, and Wordstrings pegs him dead center for how I think he is.
It’s been a remarkable journey listening to the series and feeling like I’d found the character. After Season 1 I was in love, but totally unsure of how to ship John and Sherlock, or even how to put my finger on Sherlock’s character. After Season 2 I was totally moved by Sherlocks depth of feeling and the lengths he would go to keep everyone safe (and thus able to ship them a little easier), but still no closer to understanding Sherlock. Wordstrings gives a shape and color and weight to his character and world view that I just couldn’t come up with on my own, but that fit perfectly to me.
Thou art no thy lane series by shinychimera and yeomanrand, Mature
Their Sherlock is less outrageous, but it still felt real and right to me. I absolutely loved this series as a follow-up to Reichenbach.