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World Ain't Ready by [archiveofourown.org profile] idiopathicsmile (Les Misérables)
Enjolras/Grantaire (background Courfeyrac/Jehan), 186k
Summary: Enjolras presses his lips together. He already looks pained, and Grantaire hasn't even opened his mouth yet. That's got to be a record, even for them.
"I need a favor," he says at last.
"With what?" says Grantaire. "Ooh, are you forming a cult? Can I join? I'd be awesome at cults, I just know it." He ticks off his qualifications on his fingers. "I love chanting, I look great in robes—"
(High school AU. Grantaire the disaffected stoner is pulled into a cause bigger than himself. Or: in which there are pretend boyfriends for great justice.)
Why I loved it: This is pretty much everything I love about the fake dating trope in one fic. I don't know the fandom, but that wasn't a problem: all the characters are very well written, and there's great character development. That's probably one reason why it worked so well for me: in addition to "pining until they find out they're in love with each other" the story also had a lot of "helping each other until they arrive at a point where they have an actual chance at a functioning relationship." The fic also didn't have one of my other major annoyances in fake dating fic, "obviously they would never want me so I will willfully ignore all the extremely obvious signs and never even consider the idea that they might also develop feelings for me" (though there is still plenty of room for misunderstandings.) In addition to the great main romance there are also well done B-plots and a great supporting cast, maybe even better for people familiar with canon.

Rein of Terror by [archiveofourown.org profile] tsukinofaerii (Teen Wolf)
Allison/Scott/Stiles,/Derek, 51k
Summary: The Hales are a werewolf pack of magical race horse ranchers who breed, raise, train and race every magical horse variety imaginable. While on one last hurrah before college, Scott, Stiles and Allison happen to be trespassing when one of the Hales' prized breeding stallions, Jeff Davis, gets out of containment and all hell breaks loose. Hell which, of course, is blamed entirely on them. As a result the threesome end up spending their summer shoveling rainbow unicorn glittershit under the gentle-yet-terrifying eyebrow of Derek Hale. As if that weren't bad enough, Jeff Davis is still on the loose, and he's on a mission: a mission of murder.
Why I loved it: Crack. Glorious, glorious crack. Jeff Davis is a murderous magical unicorn who shits glittery rainbow death threats. And is in love with Peter Hale. The murder mystery basically consists of nobody being willing to believe that a magical horse could be a serial killer – to be fair sometimes it is hard to believe Jeff Davis is that smart. (So many meta jokes!) The poly relationship is also very nice.

Something to Hold Onto by [archiveofourown.org profile] Wildgoosery (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
Jet/Zuko, 123k
Summary: Since the day the walls of Ba Sing Se fell, the Freedom Fighters have struggled to protect what remains of the city and its people. Jet and his second command, a mysterious boy named Li, have spent the summer piecing together an army, hoping for a chance to take the city back for good. But Li is also Zuko, and the time for that secret is quickly running out. Soon, he'll have to decide exactly who he is, what cause he's going to fight for and where his heart lies.
Why I loved it: Eventually Jet has to find out who Zuko is, and the fallout from that is everything I want in betrayal stories: painful and drawn-out, but ultimately worth it. In this story Jet, someone who hates the Fire Nation with a passion and has sworn to fight them, develops into a commander who can see past black and white and who learns that fighting against the whole Fire Nation for revenge is not the answer. I also really like his relationship with Zuko here and how they help and support each other.
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Letharia Vulpina )

In completely different news, I have to pass the pre-test for the driver's license tomorrow if I don't want to have to repeat classes (no thank you), I still have some studying to do and because I didn't buy the CD I'll have to do it at the driving school. I had it all planned and everything, and I'm mostly optimistic. (Currently my average score is about 77% and I need over 80% to pass.) And then I found out that it means I'll miss the Finland-Russia hockey quarter final. Damn it. I was really looking forward to seeing Maatta vs. Malkin. Oh well, hopefully I'll manage to watch the semifinals.
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This is the first episode of, uh, anything, in a while that I've watched and really need to talk about. Well done, show.

Riddles )
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Some things I have recently read/watched, all with some spoilers:

Dogma )

The Fault in Our Stars )

Worm )

Teen Wolf )

Buffy the Vampire Slayer )
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Season 3A of Teen Wolf is over, and I have mixed feelings. I enjoyed most of it, but there was also a lot of unnecessary stupidity and some things I'm choosing to ignore.

Spoilers )
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I finished season 2 of Teen Wolf. Despite its obvious cheesiness and the fact that I was pretty thoroughly spoiled for everything I was still looking forward to every new episode. The show is doing something right.

Many thoughts about many things, not necessarily in order; some general s3 spoilers )
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For some reason, I'm not quite sure why - okay, it was probably boredom - I watched the first episode of season 3 of Teen Wolf. And then the next one. And the next one. And now I'm caught up on the first season, eagerly waiting for the new episode tomorrow, and already have some vague fic ideas that I will most likely never write. How did that happen.

It's become obvious very quickly that the actual show and the majority of fanworks have very little to do with one another. On the one hand, good, I like the actual show much better, but it also means that despite the thousands of fics on the AO3 it's hard to find the kind of fic I want to read. I suddenly have renewed sympathy for SGA fans who didn't like McShep; Sterek seems if possible even more of a fandom OTP, or perhaps I just haven't found the other parts yet. Not that I mind reading it, some stories are good, but most of them are so very obviously either AU or OOC or frequently both and not what I want at all.

Thoughts about season 1 )

Sure, the show is cheesy (some of the romance scenes, some of the howling-at-the-moon scenes, the frequent shirtlessness, the villains are very dramatic), but it's also more often than I expected genuinely good, and I'm enjoying it a lot. New episode tomorrow, yay!

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