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What is your favorite fanfic of all time?

Discussion in 'Fanfic Discussion' started by Maelstorm212, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. wox2d

    wox2d Fourth Year

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    @Inert or anyone, can you supply a link to The Asking Price? I'm curious.
     
  2. Inert

    Inert Order Member

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    Best Fic Ever

    It's a Hunger Games fic, just FYI.
     
  3. JohnnyJames

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    Can I get a link to the Comics: Legend
     
  4. Inert

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    Batman centric.
     
  5. lopeck

    lopeck Fourth Year

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    I'm surprised Cauterized hasn't been mentioned yet. Granted, there is probably more then a bit of nostalgia mixed in for me. There are a lot of fics over the years that I quite enjoyed and loved. But Cauterized was the first fanfic that truly effected me. It was the first fic that showed me that fanfiction can be more then just cheap entertainment. That it is just as much an art form as anything else.

    That the fic itself is a wonderful bit of worldbuilding that slots perfectly into canon is just the cherry on top. It's length and focus on characters also means that it aged much better then it has the right to. Even ten years later it still feels like a breath of fresh air in a fandom that has been circling the same ten tropes for forever.
     
  6. Scarat

    Scarat First Year

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    The one with the Dumbledore memories by taure. It is fun; I like seeing magic used by top tier wizards from the viewpoint of a top tier wizard. Especially when it's from a magic system like taure's which is very unique. I don't really want any more chapters from it though. I like victoria potter, as we can see the development of such a witch from scratch.

    The only thing I don't like about his fics is his views on what makes an exceptional wizard. The problem is rooted in how he views human intelligence and what makes a genius in general. I think.
     
  7. Demonbuttersage

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    Definitely this for me. It hurts that it'll most likely never be finished.
     
  8. Taure

    Taure Magical Core Enthusiast Prestige DLP Supporter

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    Cauterize is my pet hate. Not because the fic itself is bad, but because I consider it vastly overrated. It's the perfect example of what I think of as "Livejournal fics" (these days, AO3 fics), which possess the following traits:

    - Limited word count.

    - Highly stylised prose.

    - Introspective focus which does not pay much attention to establishing setting.

    - "Snapshot" narrative which dips in and out of scenes over time without fully developing any given scene.

    - No plot.

    These fics represent fanfic on easy mode. Their limited ambition is what makes them work: you could never tell a complete story in such a manner, which essentially glosses over the hard work of character, world and plot development. But that limited ambition is exactly why I think they are overrated. They are not fully realised stories. They are like trailers for stories. Now, trailers can be very well crafted. Some trailers are actually a lot better than the movies they advertise. But nonetheless it's not a complete work. It doesn't take anywhere near the same level of craft as it takes to tell a complete story.

    As for Prince of a Dark Kingdom, I just found it to be a continual disappointment. The titular Prince (Harry) is just a bit weak and pathetic, even compared to his canon self. The story does not live up to its premise of telling the story of Harry as a Prince of wizarding Britain -- unless it is supposed to be a criticism of monarchy. Also the werewolf stuff makes zero sense.

    Turning to my own response to OP: historically my answer would have been a contest between Ectomancer and Forging the Sword. However, recently Out of the Night by Raining Ink has supplanted them both as my favourite. I find myself going back to re-read it the most often out of all fics.
     
  9. ScottPress

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    Everyone can have opinions yada yada. That out of the way, I just want to politely disagree about Harry in PotDK. I've always found him to be a competent and proactive character. He has moments of weakness, as does everybody, but I disagree that he's generally weak or pathetic. He grows into a rather dangerous person throughout the story and he constantly does shit that a normal irl person would nope the fuck out of because it's frankly hazardous to one's health.
     
  10. Knyght

    Knyght The Chosen One

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    Choosing favourites is a struggle for me, let alone one above all. The best I can do is choose onr from each of my most read fandoms:

    Naruto: Life in Konoha's ANBU by Shezza

    Bleach: Hammered Down by Tomas the Betrayer

    HP: Harry Potter and Forests of Valbonë by enembee
     
  11. Maelstorm212

    Maelstorm212 First Year

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    @Taure What are your thoughts on the asking price?
     
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    Retsus Folly.

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  13. Taure

    Taure Magical Core Enthusiast Prestige DLP Supporter

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    My thoughts are that it is not a Harry Potter fic.
     
  14. bonnerr2

    bonnerr2 Second Year

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    A Black Comedy by nonjon. Maybe I’m childish, but the punchlines still hold up after all this time.
     
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    After all this time?

    Always.

    Eventually I'll stop articulating replies to these threads and just be a tumblr-esque series of infinitely nested comments quoting myself on why Contemplating Clouds remains the greatest album fic of all time. Of all time.

    I've largely stopped reading HP stuff the past few years since the books have been finished for over a decade, the movies never really caught my attention, and The Cursed Child should have been aborted.

    Still, I've read a lot and nothing floats into my mind as naturally as does Clouds. It's like the literary equivalent of falling in love.
     
  16. Shinysavage

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    In the past I've said the Sacrifices Arc, but while I still think it's an excellent piece of work, I find it less so the more I reread it. As far as Harry Potter goes, I'd probably echo those who've said Prince of the Dark Kingdom these days, even if it isn't finished and probably - presumably - never will be.

    In other fandoms, I'd nominate the entire Sorrowful and Immaculate Hearts series, especially Third Wheel, which I think is a brilliant take on the first meeting of Batman and Superman; Something Borrowed, which is a Supergirl character piece; the Laws series, covering the Mass Effect trilogy (I actually need to go back and finish this, and probably reread it, but I remember it being excellent).
     
  17. AlbusPHolmes

    AlbusPHolmes The Alchemist

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    Probably Circular Reasoning for unfinished fics, but The Denarian series is what really made me sit up and take notice of fanfiction and sign up for DLP, so it it still gets top spot. An Unfound Door, Renegade Cause and its abandoned sequel and The Only One He Feared probably round out the top five.
     
  18. Mal'sSerenity

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    Trying to limit it to a single fic is an exercise in futility but some that I really love and find myself reading again and again are these


    Forward by Peptuck

    A Long Journey Home by Rakeesh

    Lily and the Art of Being Sisyphus by The Carnivorous Muffin

    The Son of Suns trilogy by blank101

    Catharsis by Nuhuh

    Awaken Sleeper by Water Mage

    Chaos Theory by Moczo

    Of the River and the Sea by Aleycat4eva

    Written in Reverse by by JMenace

    And last but most certainly not least, the criminally underrated and underappreciated The Phoenix and the Serpent by Sanction for which I would gladly sacrifice any number of you in some dark magic ritual if I thought some eldritch abomination from outside reality might take notice and complete it. And that goes double for Awaken Sleeper and triple for Forward.
     
  19. PotterFan

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    Most of my favourites are crossovers. So, the world they take place in is the category i'll put them in.
    HP - Ectomancer by Rusty Red
    LotR - The Shadow of Angmar by Steelbadger
    Naruto - Uchiha Fukurou by ToBetasered
    Bleach - God of Flash by ToBetasered
    Dresden - The Endless Pantheon Series by Todeswind

    Thought for sure my Naruto category would be something by Inert or Menace, but the heart wants what the heart wants.
     
  20. ScottPress

    ScottPress The Horny Sovereign Prestige

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    @AlbusPHolmes The One He Feared is Taure's unfinished memory insert fic, RC sequel is called Criminal Limit
     
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