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KNIGHTS OF THE UNF TABLE

  • 16th Nov, 2010 at 3:46 PM
uhhh... has this been discussed? because seriously, hnnnnnnnngh

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Fic rec: The Student Prince

  • 10th Jul, 2010 at 12:40 PM
The Student Prince by pandarus
Merlin/Arthur, Merlin, 35 chapters, NC-17
Summary: A Merlin modern-day AU set at St Andrews University

where do i even start? first of all, it's right up there with Drastically Redefining Protocol, Accidental Memory in the Case of Death, Defenders of the Realm, and We're a Storm in Somebody Else's Teacup in the epic fic category. it harks back to the days when people posted longass chaptered fics on fiction archives rather than novellas in parts on their livejournals.

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FLAILING SO HARD

  • 9th Jul, 2010 at 5:03 PM
I NOW INTERRUPT YOUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED LACK OF POSTS TO BRING YOU THE NEWS THAT COLIN MORGAN AND ANTHONY HEAD WILL BE ATTENDING COMIC-CON 2010, JULY 22-25, IN SAN DIEGO FOR A MERLIN PANEL.

GUYS, IN TWO WEEKS COLIN MORGAN WILL BE 123 MILES AWAY FROM ME.

(MY LAYOUT IS BEING A BITCH; THAT SAYS "GUYS, IN TWO WEEKS COLIN MORGAN WILL BE 123 MILES AWAY FROM ME.")

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Fic rec: Under the Wild Oak

  • 20th Jan, 2010 at 1:03 AM
Under the Wild Oak by anowlinsunshine
Merlin/Arthur, NC-17, 29.5k
Summary: In which Merlin searches for a solution and instead finds a way to reconcile the difference between what he wants and what he gets.

There are some things in life I will never understand. Why is the sky blue? Why are there tornadoes and thunderstorms in Los Angeles right now? Why does the bathroom in my London flat not have any outlets? And why does an amazing fic like "Under the Wild Oak" only have 36 reviews, half of which are the author's very gracious responses?

I discovered anowlinsunshine after the camelotsolstice reveals went up and I found out she'd written one of my favourite fics from the fest, you have a one-track mind like me. When I checked her fic masterlist and saw that she'd written a reel_merlin fic, I stopped for a moment to thank the god of fandom before I started reading it, despite knowing I have to wake up early tomorrow morning. In retrospect, I'm not sure if it was a good decision to read it tonight, but I sure as hell don't regret doing it.

This fic is incredible, guys. It's based on The Fountain, which is apparently one of the most heartwrenching movies ever made. Make no mistake: this fic will break you. It's the most realistic, honest depiction of death I've ever read. My heart ached so much for both Merlin and Arthur, and for the strength and stubbornness and constant devotion to each other they maintained throughout the story. The best part is the author weaves Arthurian legend (Morgana's uprising, the legend of the Holy Grail, etc.) into the story seamlessly. anowlinsunshine has such a lovely writing style: dense, but not overly so; understated and natural, yet more emotive than poetry. The flow of her language is wonderful, and her descriptions are gorgeous. She imbues the simplest scenes with so much grief and hope. It's not light reading by any means, but if you're feeling pensive and have enough time on your hands, read this. It's one of those fics that I won't stop thinking about for a long time.
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  • 19th Dec, 2009 at 6:16 PM
Merlin, you and I are done. I'm sorry, but that season finale was a heaping mess of recycled FAIL.
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Merlin fic recs!

  • 22nd Oct, 2009 at 7:34 PM
I feel like I've reached the point where I've finally read every good fic Merlin fandom has to offer. I've gone through all of aeroport_art's rec posts, I've scoured all the del.icio.us rec lists, I've checked all the kinkme_merlin and reel_merlin submissions. This is a huge problem. If I don't have anything to read, I might have to resort to writing, and I REALLY do not want to do that. (I'm pretty sure Merlin fandom doesn't want me to either.) So if any Merlin writers are reading this, PLEASE keep writing for our fandom's sake.

The good thing about this situation is I feel like I can write a master list of must-reads in Merlin fandom without feeling like I'm missing something big. So, here it is. You'll probably notice the same writers' names popping up over and over again... well, what can I say? When I find something I like, I stick with it.

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Author rec: derryere

  • 5th Oct, 2009 at 9:46 PM
Guys, I've finally found the best author in Merlin fandom. derryere should not be allowed to write anymore, because her Merlin fics SUCK YOU IN AND EAT YOUR SOUL. I can't speak for her HP fics, though I think she's fairly well-known in HP fandom (she wrote Exodus Honey), but I've read all of her Merlin fics and they've consistently blown my mind. She's like the frayach/furiosity/femmequixotic of Merlin fandom or some shit. She wrote Best Intentions Aside, Freedom Hangs Like Heaven, At least it would seem that we don't, Accidental Memory in the Case of Death, and that really awesome Bradley/Colin RPS fic with no official title. If you haven't heard of any of those, sorry about your life, and you should probably start fixing that RIGHT NOW.

The main reason I'm actually getting off my e-ass and reccing her is because I just read Accidental Memory in the Case of Death, her epic BB Merlin fic (which is 75k -- no, seriously), and now I'm a quivering mass of tears and stupid, uncontrollable love for my fandom. I have a love/hate relationship with reincarnation fics, and though this one took a while to grow on me, I'm glad I pushed through my sluggishness at the beginning, because the fic is perfect. Arthur and Merlin are reincarnated in Anthony, a cocky, beer-chugging tool, basically, and Emory, a sardonic, skateboard-riding, chainsmoking social outcast (I know). Their relationship is intercut with flashes of Arthur and Merlin's relationship, which are at once adorable and heartbreaking. The fic is so gorgeous and skillfully put together that my incredibly short attention span never once wandered. Please do yourself a favour and read this fic, regardless of how you feel about Merlin. It's a valuable addition to Merlin fandom, but more importantly, it's a fantastic piece of writing.

In other news, I'm disgustingly busy right now. I just drove back from a weekend trip to San Francisco to watch the Cal vs. USC game, and my workload is staggering (hence my desperate escape into this fic for 4 hours). And now I feel guilty acknowledging how behind I am, so I'm off to try to be productive (which will probably just lead to me watching Saturday's episode of Merlin eventually). I'll try to put together another rec post with all the great Merlin fics I've read recently sometime soon.
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Fic rec: Fame and Fortune

  • 9th Aug, 2009 at 7:51 PM
I've found a new favourite Merlin fic: Fame and Fortune by melusinahp (AU, NC-17, ~42k).

HOW DID IT TAKE ME SO LONG TO FIND THIS? Holy crap, it's made every other Merlin fic out there unreadable for me. I've read so many Merlin fics that everything's starting to blur together, and even stories written by the best authors in the fandom are tedious to get through. melusinahp's fic had me captivated the entire time. Maybe it's because I live in LA and I'm interning in the film industry so I relate to Merlin's situation, but this fic just felt so real to me. Despite it being AU, Merlin and Arthur were impressively true to their characters. The pacing of their relationship -- which I'm always picky about -- was perfect. I seriously can't pick out a single flaw. Go read this fic right now!

ETA: Does anyone know which HP fandom writers have written Merlin fic? I need authors to stalk :)
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Merlin!

  • 28th Jul, 2009 at 11:48 AM
I just read on merlinxarthur that Merlin has been booked for five more seasons of filming.

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IS THIS REAL LIFE?
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Fic rec: The Crown of the Summer Court

  • 23rd May, 2009 at 2:17 PM
The Crown of the Summer Court by astolat (NC-17, ~25k)

This is BY FAR the best Merlin fic I've come across since I joined the fandom, not to mention one of the best fics I've ever read, period. The author's writing style is impeccable. I read one of her shorter fics, The Tower, and was curious to see if she had written a fic in which Merlin's characterisation was more in line with my preferences. Well, I found it. The Crown of the Summer Court is about Merlin unwillingly competing to become king of the elves with Arthur as his champion. Along the way, Merlin has to reveal his magic in order to win against the other elves. The story is written with such attention to detail that it's impossible not to fall into the world. Merlin and Arthur's relationship is just... omg. The author weaves Merlin's magic into their relationship seamlessly, and the way it leads into the sex is HOT. I'm seriously in awe of this author. *reads her other Merlin fics*

ETA: OMG I just realised this author writes Archucook fics too. AND I just stalked down her LJ and she's an Adam fan! She's officially my favourite person in the world right now *_*

ETA 2: OJFLKDSJFLSA SHE WRITES KRADAM FIC TOO.
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