About a month ago I finally decided to apply some of that famous Virgoan organisation to my fic reading, mainly as a result of the frustration of not being able to find a story I’ve really enjoyed because even though I can give you a blow by blow account of every plot point, I can’t remember the sodding name of the fic or where I came across it. And so Project "What the Hell Was It Called Again" was born and hasn’t stopped growing since. If I’d realised what it was going to end up like, I probably wouldn’t have started! It has just made me realised how much fic I’ve gone through in the three years since I discovered these new horizons and the reality that I had kinks I didn’t even know existed.
Anyway although I’m still picking away at it, I thought I might as well put what I had so far up on LJ. Most of the titles are well known, but there might be the odd one that someone hasn’t come across and sometimes it’s useful to have a bunch of stuff in the one place.
I’ve tried to categorise the stories by what I think their main characteristic is, but you may think that some of the titles belong in a different category which is fine. This isn’t an exhaustive list, but is just me trying to gather together most of the fic which I come back to time and again, or is just particularly memorable for one reason or another. Most of the stories are slash and feature Xander with a variety of characters, predominately Spike, but there will be some het/gen in there (reaches for microscope)
I was going to post my kink section first, but when I realised that my dark fic list was already at 8 pages in Word, I decided I’d better get it out there before it started producing little hell spawn and got even bigger.
The first section is called... Every Shade of Grey.
This category was originally called Dark & Angsty which does kind of get to the point, but there are so many gradations of both across these stories that I thought the other title suited better.
It’s funny how most of the stories of this type which I go back and re-read have Xander as the victim to some degree or another, but then you all make him hurt so beautifully, so here’s a collection of some of the best stuff out there (IMHO naturally)I did these lists a long time ago in 2006, and a lot of links have been broken and a lot of new fic has been posted since then. So check out the updated lists with hopefully shiny mended links and lots of minty fresh new stories. Here’s a link to the Master Post of Sparrow’s Bat Shit Crazy Rec List Update Project - hot off the press in January 2011. There are approximately 570 lovely stories to enjoy with more links being added as I find new things to love.( Every Shade of Grey - Xander & Spike )( Every Shade of Grey - Xander & Angel(us) )( Every Shade of Grey - Neither Spike or Angel! )
There’s lots of other dark and angsty fic out there, but that’s just a sample of some of the ones I come back to again and again for a whole variety of reasons. If you think there’s something missing it could well turn up in one of my other categories – this kind of pigeonholing is about as far from an exact science as you can possibly get.
Other lists to come at some point include Kink (of course!) H/C, AU, Post Chosen, Beastie Xan (hyena/vamp), X/Lindsay, X/Oz, X/Giles and last but not least Het. I didn’t want to put the Het in some kind of fic ghetto, but I figured that if I kept it together than you can find a safe place to play if you really hate slash.
Anyway that’s more than enough for now. After all that darkness I’m off to curl up with something bright and happy.