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24 March 2017
The Big Bang Theory
Originally posted years ago as "The Sheldon/Penny Starter Kit." I keep meaning to go back and clean it up, but haven't gotten around to doing so yet.

The Scarlet Pimpernel
There isn't a lot of fic for this fandom, but what little there is tends to be both very good and very much in line with the books. Lots of Percy/Marguerite here.

Veronica Mars
Most Veronica/Logan, with a few gen pieces and character studies. I'm a big fan of the movie, so many of these are canon compliant.

Vid Recs
Multi-fandom.
 
 
 
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18 April 2016
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27 December 2015
Hello, here is a list of Star Wars stories that I officially recommend. Most of them are no longer canon. They're listed in a loose recommended reading order, not according to internal chronology. The timeline is based on the Battle of Yavin in A New Hope (BBY = Before Battle of Yavin, ABY = After Battle of Yavin).

I would strongly recommend reading the Thrawn Trilogy and then Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (the novelization!) first, because those are the best introductions to my two favorite EU authors, Timothy Zahn and Matthew Stover. Everything after that is fair game, but you might want to keep a timeline handy as you read.

Also, I like Luke books and I like Mara books, so this is basically Luke and Mara: the rec list. Additionally, this is a work-in-progress as I embark on a reread! Phew, there is so much content.

Jump:

EU Starter Kit
New Canon Starter Kit
Star Wars Readalong

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08 November 2015
This is a mishmash of canons but leans heavily in favor of the books, which are still some of the most overwrought and incredible identity porn I have ever read. What I like in The Scarlet Pimpernel fic is a sympathetic, compassionate Percy and a Marguerite who takes no prisoners.

AMarguerite on FFN is my favorite author for the latter; they have a fantastic pre-canon series that shows the early days of Marguerite and Percy's courtship and Marguerite's involvement in France's political scene. Unlike a lot of authors, they balance a good dose of historical context with excellent characterization. The Marguerite in these stories breathes; she is flawed and likable and interesting and absolutely a force. Also includes maybe my favorite first meeting between Percy and Marguerite -- it's one that makes it easy to see why Marguerite would fall for Percy even when he isn't yet being honest about himself.

Comme Dans l'Histoire by AMarguerite
A fic in which Sir Percy meets Marguerite for the first time, blushes profusely, and engages in the noble sport of cravat watching. Paul Déroulède and Sir Andrew make appearances, and Marguerite acts the part of Pysche. 5k, rated K.

La Réapparition by AMarguerite
A companion piece, of sorts, to 'Comme Dans l'Histoire', though it should make sense on its own. Marguerite and Percy remeet after two years, Armand gets trapped in a riot, Paul Déroulède has a cameo appearance, and Marguerite is cynical about love. 11k, rated K+.

Le Deluge by AMarguerite
In which Marguerite holds a session of her salon despite marital law, turns in the Marquis de SaintCyr, and realizes that Sir Percy may be serious when he says that he is in love with her. Featuring historial cameos! 34k, rated K.

If AMarguerite writes my favorite Marguerite, then Maisedoat writes my favorite Percy. I particularly like the emphasis on Percy's kindness not only towards aristocrats but towards all the victims of the Reign of Terror. It may also be true that I have an infinite capacity to reread "The Birthday Ball" for reasons of identity porn.

Wedding Night and Wedding Morn by Maisedoat
On board The Day Dream, and man and a woman reach out to each other. 2k, rated T.

Letters from France by Maisedoat
Letters home from a man in love with his own wife. 5k, rated T.

The Birthday Ball by Maisedoat
Follows the Letters from France series and takes place at the ball in honour of Lady Blakeney's Birthday. But where is her husband, the Prince of Dandies? 2k, rated T.

And here's a couple of my other favorites, including a superb WW2 AU:

Bed of Roses by Fyre
After a bad beginning to their marriage, Sir Percy and Marguerite are still troubled by the ill matters that haunted the first year. 3k, rated G.

Strength by MmeMozart182
A small scene that came to me one day...my take on the afternoon that Sir Percy asked Marguerite to marry him. 2k, rated T.

Somewhere in the middle by annagallis
An additional scene for the end of "The Scarlet Pimpernel". Warning: Fluff. 2k, rated M.

Twilight by Jade9
Set during 'Eldorado'. Andrew and Marguerite find that sometimes friendship can be the only thing to get you through difficult times. 2k, rated K.

The Invisible Savior by Belfast Docks
AU, set 1949-1950 - Actress Marguerite St. Just is signed to play the female lead in a documentary film about the mysterious "Scarlet Pimpernel"; an enigma who rescued innocents from concentration camps during the war. The only trouble is, she can't stand the film's financial backer...the most boring man in Europe, Sir Percy Blakeney. 34k, rated T.
 
 
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28 October 2010
This is intended as a blend between a beginner's kit for new fans and a personal reclist; I doubt I've combed through even a tenth of the fanfiction at Paradox, but hopefully this will serve as a starting place for people new to the fandom.

(I've gone through about six different iterations of this list, but, um, also hopefully it's found a permanent incarnation here? WHO KNOWS. Still under construction, probably forever.)



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