So, I recently joined spn_bunker thanks to the postings some of flister made about this community's commentfic meme. You know me... I can't stay away from a good commentfic meme. They're an addiction. I only added one prompt, which shows some constraint on my part, yes? Heehee. But the community looks like fun.
In poking around to see what other gems they offer, I found this awesome meme. Check it out!
And, yeah, most of the fics I'm reccing are older. Most I've recced before. I haven't had the time I used to have for reading fics.
By the way, this thing took a whole lot longer to write up than it probably should have. Because I can't just rec a fic. I have to reread it first! Just to make sure it's worthy of a rec, right? A sacrifice I'm willing to pay for you, my dear friends. :D
1 - A favorite fic featuring your OTP
I'm not into any one romantic pairing. I just love watching the boys working together as brothers, so I decided to interpret this category as Sam&Dean without the slash in between. Heh It was surprisingly difficult finding a fic for this category, though, because there are so many good ones! In the end, I settled on:
Sense by gaelicspirit.
Summary: Set in Season 5. There are things that make him human. Deciding what those are will become the difference between sanity and madness. When a demon forces the issue, Dean and Sam fight back the only way they can: together. Warning for some darker themes.
My comment: This is a wonderfully well-rounded story. In fact, I recommend everything by this author. She has the boys down perfectly, and her fics always manage to satisfy something deep in my fangirl heart.
2 - A favorite fic featuring your NOTP
Uh? I don't usually read any if I don't like the pairing. Sorry. Nothing for this category.
3 - A favorite genfic
How to choose just one?!!! There are sososososo many!
Canaveral by PADavis
Summary: Winner, Round 16 of the SNFA Awards. Just why does Dean hate Florida so much? Cocoa Beach, fuglies, allergies, and car accidents – Dean simply can’t catch a break. Pre-Season and early Season One. Hurt!Dean.
My comment: This is an oldie but a really really goodie. In fact, you've probably already read it. If not, why not? There's a big chunk of mostly Dean-centric story, but the sections including Sam are fantastic too. True to their Season 1 relationship. It also has that first season fun tension vibe to it.
Game Face by K Hanna Korossy
Summary: Sam wasn't a kid anymore, and he was not the one who needed protecting this time.
My comment: This author has written hundreds of SPN fics. This one has always been a fav of mine because, while there's some yummy hurt!Dean going on, she's also portrayed Sam as the badass hunter he really is. He totally brings it in this story. And after you've read this one, go back again and again to check out her many many other fics. She doesn't disappoint.
Rats by ratherastory.
Based on a prompt for the hoodie_time A Dean-focused h/c comment meme asking for Dean and rats. I'd quote the prompt, but it gives away all the details in this little fic and I don't want to spoil you. In my opinion, this may very well be one of the absolute best fills for a commentfic meme ever. And, darn it, it wasn't even my prompt! Doesn't stop me from enjoying the fic, though.
4 - A fic that drew you outside your comfort zone
Here's where you decide I'm a crazy woman and you want nothing more to do with me. I have a kink. Didn't know it until I stumbled into tifaching's Acoustics 'Verse. She writes about evil!Sam doing unthinkable things to a helpless Dean. I can't remember the first one I read, so I'll rec my favorite: Pierce. Summary: Sam likes Dean to have a little pain with Sam's pleasure (Sam/Dean). I think this little kink of mine stems from my fascination with torture rather than simply a desire for pornfic. These slashy fics don't interest me if the boys already have an established romantic relationship. Yeah, I'm odd. If you didn't know that already, you do now.
5 - A fic that's gotten less attention than you think it deserves
Ghosts by Whackadoo
Summary: In the course of a typical hunting trip, Dean comes face to face with a ghost of his own. Leading to some tough decisions and a look back at some memories he'd rather keep buried.
My comment: I've only read one fic by this author, but I have her bookmarked as someone to check out. This fic was amazingly good! In fact, I think I'll go read it again.
A Very Supernatural Journey by womanofletters, theymp, mainegirlwrites, and wynefred
Summary: Rachelle, SPN fan and accomplished fanfic writer, goes on her very own adventure with Sam and Dean. A birthday story for Enkidu07.
My comment: How crappy is it to self-rec here? Doing it anyway. Heh. A few years ago, some friends and I got together to write an AU fic. It's my first collaborative fic and I'm really very proud of it. These are all wonderfully talented writers. Working with them taught me a lot about fic writing, about the give and take of working with others, and about how rewarding it is to be stretched beyond what you think you're capable of. They made me a better writer and I'm grateful to them for the experience.
6 - A fic that made you cry
From Yesterday by gaelicspirit
Summary: Post Season 5, AU. Stripped of their Heavenly help and their friends, their reality changed, pushing them back to a bare-bones approach to life, the brothers learn to redefine normal. Though they stopped the Apocalypse, there is still evil in the world and it touches someone they thought they'd never hear from again. Is it enough to compel both brothers to start hunting again?
My comment: This fic is an alternate version of the events of Swan Son. According to my notes, this one didn't just bring tears to my eyes, it made me sob. Unfortunately, I can't remember the story, so now I'm rereading it. I haven't gotten to the teary part yet, but I have been reminded why I love this author to bits. She's beyond amazing!
7 - A fic that made you laugh
Dimensions and Verticals by bellatemple
Summary: Set right after the Season 3 finale. Sam accidentally gets Dean out of Hell. The results are something no one could have expected.
My comments: It's really hard to make me laugh out loud. Smile, oh yeah. Chuckle, sure. But laugh? Loud enough to be heard by someone else? I just don't do it very often. Not over a fic. But this one? This one had me laughing until my sides hurt! It's that funny!
Other funny ones that deserve a mention:
Toe the Line by Muffy Morrigan
Summary: It's never easy being Dean Winchester, but after he's injured on a hunt, Dean realizes some days just seem a lot harder than others.
My comments: This author has a knack for drawing the reader in and making you feel right at home in a story. I'm not a visual person, but I can easily picture everything she describes here, and, believe me, it's worth reading!
Have It Your Way by CaffieneKitty
Summary: Learning solely by observation does not always provide the best results. Missing scene for 5.14. Kind of silly.
My comments: This is one of the Castiel-centric fics I've ever enjoyed. And, yeah, it's a chuckler.
8 - Your favorite trope and a fic that features it
Is Outsider POV a trope? Hope so, because that's what I'm putting here. I'm a sucker for them. I have gobs to rec. Are you ready? Here you go!
The But Deadly 'Verse by bellatemple
Summary: AU. Twenty-two years after a fire destroyed his family, Sam's in college and living with his older brother. And he's got no idea just what Dean hasn't been saying. Mute!Dean, told primarily from outside POVs.
My comments: Just trust me. Read it. You won't regret it. This is my all-time favorite AU. It's the one I measure all other AU fics by.
Little Bastards by Ophium
Summary: Jacob, the security guy at the Art Museum, was hoping for a quiet night. Instead, he got to meet some very interesting characters that would forever change his view of the world. Rating due to abuse of the F-word. Set in mid-season 2.
My comments: What can I say? It's a fantastic little fic. It provides a wonderful blend of humor, suspense, and some hurtin' Winchester.
Behind Me by K Hanna Korossy
Summary: She wasn't sure what he meant, just that he needed someone else besides her. Outsider POV.
My comments: I could probably rec this gal's fics all day long and never find a dud. So why are you sitting here listening to me? Go! Read her stuff already!
Dean's Bob by K Hanna Korossy
Summary: If he didn't have a Sam, I guess a Bob was the next best thing. Outsider POV.
My comments: K Hanna knows how to make a reader fall in love with her other characters too. Very talented. I can't say enough about her.
Carjacking by CaffieneKitty
Summary: Some cars have better anti-theft systems than others. Gen, Wee!chesters, Outsider POV.
My comments: At less than 900 words, it's short, but oh, so much fun.
Nobody Loves A Moron by clair beaubien
Summary:Dean interrupts a hold up and is taken hostage. The bad guy doesn't believe him when he says his little brother is going to save him. Now up Ch2: the detective investigating the robbery meets up with Dean & Sam. Outsider POV.
My comments: Heh.
Funny by clair beaubien
Summary: When the boys are investigating a haunting at a college, two students think it'd be funny to lock Dean in "The Tombs." Until Sam catches up with one of them. Now up - Ch.2, Dean's POV.
My comments: The first chapter is entirely a Sam-centric outsider POV. And it rocks! In my humble opinion, the author didn't even need the second chapter, though it is nice to see the events from Dean's POV.
Lunatics by Scullspeare
Summary: In the midst of snowstorm, a stranger runs into an injured and hypothermic Sam. His memory is spotty; he knows that a hunt went sideways and that Dean's in trouble-he just doesn't know where he is. Outsider POV, showcasing the brothers' relationship. H/C
My comment: I don't know what to say besides an emphatic "go read this". So there you are. Go. Read. Now. :D
Coffee Drinks for Beginners by alone_dreaming
This is a spectacular hoodie_time commentfic meme fill for the prompt: Another outsider POV? I do so love these. This time, a doctor, nurse, orderly, janitor, another patient, etc, in a hospital or clinic where an injured Dean is being treated. I'm a little biased because the fic is a fill for my prompt, but seriously, it's good. Really good.
9 - The weirdest fic you ever loved
What to expect when your Impala's Expecting by Epeeblade
Summary: The Impala may be pregnant and that's just the start of Sam and Dean's problems.
My comments: Yeah, Baby is having her own babies. Mini Impalas. And it totally works. Brilliantly oddball fic!
The Tale of Teenie Weenie Deanie by Laura of Maychoria
Summary: And His Brother, the Meanie "What kind of stupid paranormal activity is this?"
My comments: I'm not usually into the morphing-into-animals fics, but this one is so darned cute!
10 - Fill in the blank category because I can't think of anything else
Favorite John Winchester fics. Because he's yummy. And because he's so hard to write. So many authors try to portray him as a monster who's only out to abuse his sons or as a selfish bastard who doesn't care what hell he's putting the boys through as long as he gets his way. I think he's just a dad who loves his sons but made some colossally bad decisions. I think these fics do a good job keeping his character true to the show. I applaud these authors for accomplishing such a daunting task. And... they're just plain good stories. Enjoy!
Open Your Eyes by dodger_winslow
My comments: Holy crap, this was amazing! Lots of hurt Dean and John being John.
Armistice by may7fic
Summary: A hunt gone terribly wrong prompts John's first trip to Stanford. Dean's hurt and hurting, father and son angst ensues. Preseries.
My comments: This is one of my go-to fics whenever I want something that will keep my attention and still satisfy even after many multiple rereads. There's hardly any Sam here, so Sam-girls be forewarned. They talk about him a lot, though. A lot. So he's kinda an indirect character.
Family, Faith & Certitude by may7fic
Summary: Dean gets whomped, Sammy gets protective, John gets badass and Bobby gets a shot at setting something right. Hurt!comfort, angst in spades.
My comments: Another winner by this author. She captures John so well, both his good and his bad.