Sunlight Peering Through the Trees
Flame Princess is certain she's Evil. She's certain she's Good. She not really sure how to be either.
Very sweet and completely adorable.
Princesses All The Way Down
(Marceline/Princess Bubblegum, Marceline, Princess Bubblegum, Ice King)
Living forever changes some things more than it does others.
Captures the feel of the show's dialog and cheerfully ominous undercurrents, with all the lovely touches of adult perspective and the time and space to explore Marceline's inner life and history that make me want to seek out AT fanfic in the first place. Funny and domestic and tragic all at once -- awesome stuff.
Allstate Insurance "Mayhem" Commercials
And I'm the Obstacle You Never Expected
"He looked like a washed-up actor who had mugged an accountant on his way to the local bar." Mayhem meets his match...or does he?
Silly, yes, but TOTALLY ADORBS.
Back to the Future
Rewriting the Future
(Marty McFly, Emmett Brown)
It's 2015, and Marty McFly is unemployed with two kids in jail and still bitter about a thirty year old car accident. But this hasn't really happened yet, and if it hasn't happened yet, there's no risk of creating an alternate timeline.
I enjoyed a lot of things about this story, but honestly, it's worth reading for the "1985 Doc Brown navigates 2015 technology" aspect alone. The 2015 it references has been corrected to match more closely with the one a current audience would expect, and there's a bit with an iPod that almost killed me.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Cupboard of the Heart
(Mary Svevo/Howard Mierzwiak, Mary Svevo/Stan Fink, Mary Svevo, Howard Mierzwiak, Stan Fink, Hollis Mierzwiak)
"How shall I lose the sin, yet keep the sense, and love the offender, yet detest the offence?" —
I really enjoyed this window into Mary and her perspective on the whole sad mess she found herself dragged into. This kind of story is what I most look forward to every year when the Yuletide archive goes live -- thoughtful and complicated.
It's a love story for the new age
(David Xanatos/Fox Xanatos, David Xanatos, Janine "Fox" Xanatos, Owen Burnett)
This is how the story goes:
“Marry me,” he says.
“Are you serious?” she replies.
Oh my god OH MY GOD I loved this fic so much. Such a fantastic take on Fox, her history, her inner life and relationships with Owen and David. My inner teenaged Gargoyles fangirl completely lost her shit.
The Red Suit
Perhaps Edna was telling the truth when she said she once worked with gods - or, at least, with legends.
Charming and adorable without being saccharine, and hints at a fabulously ancient history for Edna's career.
The Greatest Good
(Helen "Elastigirl" Parr, Bob "Mr. Incredible" Parr, Violet Parr, Dash Parr)
God must have one hell of a sense of humor, her mother says, to give the gift of elasticity to someone so stubborn.
I really enjoyed how this fic addresses the particular joys and frustrations that Helen's family have brought her -- always feeling cornered into being the cautious "bad guy" who discourages her kids' powers out of fear of discovery, always being the one who has to think practically, loving her husband dearly but wanting to strangle him for being selfish or self-indulgent. LOVED IT.
(Ellie Sattler, Gerry Harding)
Ellie stays behind to get a closer look at Triceratops, and discovers more questions than any actual answers. Live dinosaurs means that paleontology isn't extinct, it just has to evolve.
Lady scientist frustrated that not everyone understand the awesomeness of ferns! Nerdy dinosaur nitpicking! A Jurassic Park fic with a bibliography!
Einstein's Definition of Insanity
Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
The post-canon alternate-ending shippy Looper fanfic I never knew I wanted, but am very glad I found. Does a particularly good job of trying to expand the moderately-apocalyptal-world of the film.
Rise of the Guardians
The Center Cannot Hold… But It Can Change
(Jack Frost, Pitch Black)
Jack was the one to eventually break the silence. He said softly, "I see it. What you're saying. My center… it's the same. We both laughed just now, right? But did you laugh because the children were having fun playing in the water… or because it was funny as hell when the girl pushed the boy in?"
I was sad to see only one fic turn up for this fandom, but if you enjoyed the film -- and if you felt like Pitch wasn't really given a fair shake -- this is worth checking out! (Fair warning: there's a lot of background "sad hungry kids in Africa" othering here, so if you're not in the mood you might want to give this a pass.)
All right, enough of that for now -- back in Brooklyn, back to work!