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It's Saturday night, Internets. What's in Karen's tabs?

THE AVENGERS FIC EDITION.

Oh, fanfic, I love you. I love you especially when you do stuff I like, like for example go into some of the politics of having an international body of superheroes stomp around fighting people with little respect for due process. Or expand upon the sadly little bits of ladies we get in the movies (with the exception of Thor. GOOD GOING, THOR.)

Sadly, the most popular pairings in Avengers fandom tend to be Loki/Thor - which runs right into my incest squick - and Steve/Tony, which is actually fine. There's some really good writing in that pairing, some of which I shall be recommending in a moment. But there is this thing that happens in many fandoms where a dude is an established canonical het relationship, and people want him to get together with another dude instead, so they write the lady out of the picture. Like, she broke up with him and never speaks to him any more. Or she cheated on him. Or she died. Whatever happens, she just doesn't really turn up in the story. Sometimes she is shoved together with another lady - happy ending! Romance for her too! But still very little page time for either of them in the fic.

This makes me sad. I am all about finding romance wherever it is to be found, and lord knows we need more representation of queer people on stage, screen, and on the page. But this does not have to come at the expense of lady time, and it does in a lot of fic, and because I am lazy as heck, I hate trawling through to see if I am going to be disappointed in my lady expectations.

Anyway, I am going to rec some fics currently in my tabs, by which I mean "I opened those tabs just now for the purposes of this post". They are mostly long, and they are all great. Teen readers of my blog, you should just assume these all contain explicit sex scenes (I think some of them don't, but I am too lazy to scan through and remind myself of which ones) and approach with whatever caution you feel appropriate.

Tomorrow Belongs To Me, by valtyr.

If you are into the fandom, you know this one already. It is a fic which does not neglect the ladies at all, while simultaneously squishing Steve and Tony together, and also being very funny and poignant and full of plot and also Loki being a fail boat, which is actually a lot of the plot, and we discover the Asgardians are culturally bisexual YAY bi people in fiction!

Steve wakes up in the 21st Century. He doesn't think much of it, and it's dubious about him. He meets a Norse God, joins a superhero team, and feels terribly awkward about the whole momument at Arlington he's rendered obsolete by not being dead. Meanwhile, Tony is trying to make his mark on history by being the man who finally drove Nick Fury over the edge


Gift of Asylum, by Carleton97 and Sister_Wolf.

The pacing goes a little haywire in this one, but as a reader I didn't care that much because I was giggling so much at Darcy Lewis being a snarky queen of awesome. Lots and lots of ladies, including Darcy getting a massive crush on Pepper's massive brain. Also, Winter Soldier! WINTER SOLDIER.

The story of how Darcy Lewis accidentally helps found the Avengers while having an epic, failboaty romance with that dude she nailed in a bar two years ago. Tasers, jackbooted thugs, Tony Stark, and life-altering job offers are par for the course when you help discover an alien/god dude with amazing pecs


Team Building Activities, also by valtyr, who is some kind of Avengers-writing genius.

Lots of Pepper PoV! (I love you, Pepper.) Also exes who are still friends and occasionally sleep together sometimes even when they're trying to cut back. Also Natasha buys Tony several lap dances from dudes to test a hypothesis, AMAZING. (I LOVE YOU, NATASHA). And Tony convinces Steve that Wall-E is a documentary.

Fury's a beautiful princess. Clint's plotting a Communist revolution. Rhodey's not sexy. Wall-E's not a documentary. Clint's not gay but he does give a great blowjob. This fic is not an AU.


Magnetic, by boombangbing.

Sometimes when a lady and a dude are in an established canon relationship and the writer wants to add another dude to that mix, they just totally add him! Awesome. Would you like some polaymory fic, Internets? You can has! And I just now realised this is part of a SERIES, oh my, got to get my act together and scrape up some serious reading time.

Tony and Pepper are in a committed relationship, everyone knows that. Tony still flirts relentlessly with Steve, though, and Steve doesn't know what to make of it. Then he starts having weird feelings about Pepper too, and he really, really doesn't know what to make of that.


Average Avengers Local Chapter 7 of New York City, by hetrez.

This one does not have quite enough lady action for my tastes but it's not like it disdains the ladies either and also it is hilarious and involves union work and Steve being a social do-gooder, which is why I love him so much. He is so earnest! Also he would kick horrible Ultimate Steve's ass. Also it is shorter, like, just over 9k words where all the ones above get well into five digits.

Steve and Tony accidentally start a national do-gooders association and fall in love.


Simple, Not Easy, by LJC.

This is the one where Loki kidnaps Darcy by accident and then she and he become total bros. She gives him some Xanax, she pushes him towards his therapist, she criticizes the way he kills people, she tries to set him up with his ladylove, she makes him watch How To Train Your Dragon and she isn't into him at all! It's totally a friendship fic! Also she gets some hot action with Hawkeye, always a bonus.

Darcy should have seen it coming. She couldn't hang around the spandex crowd forever and not end up with a great big target painted on her back eventually. She was just surprised it took Loki so long.


And it's nearly 2am and I have to get up and go to Retail Job tomorrow, so I will leave it there. Happy reading, Internets. What's in your tabs?

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nessaneko
Apr. 28th, 2012 02:11 pm (UTC)
I kind of love you a little bit right now. 2.13am is totally the perfect time to read all of the things.
elucreh
Apr. 28th, 2012 02:54 pm (UTC)
YAAAAAAAAAAAAY some of these I haven't heard of and now I am excite.

This is an awesome long Pepper PoV: http://archiveofourown.org/works/99260

and this is Steve/Tony but it has a wonderful perspective on the Tony/Pepper breakup: http://devildoll.dreamwidth.org/664651.html

AWESOME Darcy: http://archiveofourown.org/works/231439 and http://ignipes.livejournal.com/712227.html#cutid1


Awesome Peggy: http://archiveofourown.org/works/322456 and http://archiveofourown.org/works/292412


And one with a genderqueer Hawkeye: http://archiveofourown.org/works/346423
taraljc
Apr. 28th, 2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
zomg yays! *hugs you*
karenhealey
Apr. 28th, 2012 08:31 pm (UTC)
Ahahahahaha I DIDN'T EVEN REALISE THAT WAS YOU.

I was just like, they're bros! Excelllent.
taraljc
Apr. 29th, 2012 04:47 am (UTC)
I did giggle when I saw the rec, because I'm sure you never connected the mad girl you met with javi at SDCC the night you painted his nails at the geek girl shindig with the mad girl on ElJay who wrote 60,000k of Darcy crackfic :)
ruthi
Apr. 29th, 2012 04:47 am (UTC)
Due to a recent update, all the 80-ish tabs that were open are now gone.

http://www.linesandcolors.com/2012/04/27/van-gogh-up-close/ Pretty pretty pictures!

What is more interesting is on the to-be-read pile: The Shattering, this book that you may have heard of.
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