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29th-Dec-2011 01:52 pm Dak Zevon's Guide to Fake Dating in Hollywood by [livejournal.com profile] poisonivory (P
Hi everyone! This is going to be my last rec of the month. Thanks for letting me come play, I hope you've enjoyed the fic!

Fandom: BIG TIME RUSH
Pairing: James/Camille
Length: 5 chapters
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] poisonivory
Author Website: Fic master list
Why this must be read: This is, bar none, my favorite fic in the fandom. And not just because it's my OTP, I swear! This fic perfectly captures the tone of the show: it's seriously funny. Set a few years into the future, it's full of hijinks, hilarious situations, and fantastic dialogue. The characterization is also brilliant and true to the show, giving everyone who appears a moment to shine, even extremely minor characters who are only around for a line or two.

And besides, it's James and Camille fake dating while secretly pining for each other, my favorite, favorite trope. It's also warm and fun and sweet, and perfect if you want to end the month smiling.

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Dak Zevon's Guide to Fake Dating in Hollywood
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28th-Dec-2011 01:31 pm Sharing Thought Bubbles by [livejournal.com profile] shisou_eimin (NC-17)
Fandom: BIG TIME RUSH
Pairing: James/Logan
Length: ~9,500
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] shisou_eimin
Author Website: [livejournal.com profile] shishi_fic
Why this must be read: I am a total sucker for any fic where characters are secretly pining for each other and try to hide their feelings when they get thrown together. This fic plays with that trope quite a bit while remaining PWP -- James and Logan want each other, they agree to screw around for totally platonic, non-emotional reasons, and through the course of fantastically hot sex come to terms with what it is they really want. Yum.

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Sharing Thought Bubbles
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27th-Dec-2011 08:23 pm Love You Best by [livejournal.com profile] jblostfan16 (M)
Fandom: BIG TIME RUSH
Pairing: Kendall/James
Length: ~4,000
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] jblostfan16
Why this must be read: The more of the show you watch, the more clear it becomes that the boys will do anything for one another, and that's probably been going on for a long time. One of the fun things to play with in fic is where the "anything" line falls. And the thing is, for all Kendall is the group's leader and a fairly confident guy, he's also got lots of barely subtextual issues floating around, mostly with loyalty and his family and what all that means to him. This fic plays with that line and with Kendall's issues, while giving an interesting take on the characters -- not to mention it's super hot, too.

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Love You Best
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22nd-Dec-2011 11:01 pm A Series of Really Poor Choices by [livejournal.com profile] jannika (R)
Fandom: BIG TIME RUSH
Pairing: OT4 and nearly all variations within
Length: ~7,850 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] jannika
Author Website: [livejournal.com profile] theborogoves
Why this must be read: I would be an absolute failure as a reccer if I didn't point people towards some OT4 this month, because Big Time Rush is a show about four boys who love each other very, very much. This is my favorite OT4 fic because it tackles the really hard part of how the heck they can actually get there. Because sometimes on the show, it doesn't seem like much of a stretch… but they're also four teenage boys, dealing with lots of confusing emotions, and relationships are tricky even when everyone loves everyone. I love this fic for letting them break a little bit, and letting things be raw and painful while everyone figures out what they want and how to make it happen.

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A Series of Really Poor Choices
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22nd-Dec-2011 01:01 am Don't Touch That Dial! by [livejournal.com profile] figletofvenice (PG)
Fandom: BIG TIME RUSH
Pairing: None; Carlos-centric gen
Length: ~1,200 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] figletofvenice
Author Website: [livejournal.com profile] addandsubtract
Why this must be read: Because Carlos is adorable and sweet and there's not nearly enough fic about him out there. Carlos canonically wants to be a superhero and this fic is just the cutest, most fun look at that ever. It's very much in the tone of the show, playful and fun, and Carlos is dead on perfect in it. And really, I can not stress enough how adorable this is.

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Don't Touch That Dial!
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21st-Dec-2011 11:17 am Shut Your Eyes by [livejournal.com profile] goten0040 and <user site="livejournal.com" us
Fandom: BIG TIME RUSH
Pairing: Kendall/James, Carlos/Stephanie, Logan/Camille
Length: 26 chapters
Authors on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] goten0040 and [livejournal.com profile] garnetice
Author Website: [livejournal.com profile] oursecretspace (joint fic journal)
Why this must be read: The thing about tiny fandoms is that there just doesn't tend to be much lengthy fic. This, however, is hands down the best long fic in the fandom, and it offers plenty to sink your teeth into. And I won't lie, I went into it a little hesitantly -- it's a future where things have very much fallen apart, to the point where Kendall hasn't seen his friends or family in a few years and James is missing entirely. That's so far from what I, personally, picture that I wasn't sure I could be sold on it… until I started reading, just a few chapters, right, and then it was 3 AM and I had work in the morning and the worst thing was that the fic wasn't finished yet. Anyhoo. For all this fic is about James' frustrating, very realistic struggle with drugs, it's even more about Kendall's own issues and insecurities, and the way two incredibly broken people might help each other -- or might break each other further. It's a read that's equal parts painful and compelling, and very, very well drawn.

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Shut Your Eyes (TW: drug addiction, homophobia, character death)
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19th-Dec-2011 08:33 pm Close Your Eyes and Just Enjoy the Ride by [livejournal.com profile] breila_rose (M)
Fandom: BIG TIME RUSH
Pairing: Camille/Mercedes, unrequited Camille/Jo
Length: ~1,200
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] breila_rose
Author Website: [livejournal.com profile] breila_fics
Why this must be read: As a show, BTR generally has to center around the boys' hijinks, but every girl who appears is great (hilarious, well acted, dynamically written). That includes bit characters like Mercedes, who only appears in two episodes but made a pretty big impression on the fandom. Luckily, fic writers don't have to stay within the constraints of the show, so plenty of writers explore the girls. This piece about Camille is lovely and sad, without ever going over the top. It's also sexy and even though it's short, it's full of the kind of longing that makes you ache even after you've finished.

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Close Your Eyes and Just Enjoy the Ride
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17th-Dec-2011 01:38 pm Never Have I Ever by [livejournal.com profile] lielabell (NC-17)
Fandom: BIG TIME RUSH
Pairing: Kendall/Jett
Length: ~6,300
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] lielabell
Author Website: [livejournal.com profile] lielabellfic
Why this must be read: Because sometimes, you just want some porn. Some really hot, really dirty porn.

Jett Stetson is introduced in the show's second season as a nemesis for Kendall, trying to steal his girlfriend, but later he's brought back in an episode where said girlfriend doesn't appear, just to make Kendall's life difficult. I wanted to rec some this month because, while the boys in the band may fight even when they're paired together, they also all deeply love one another. So for some variety, here's a pairing of rivals who pretty much dislike each other. And the reason I went for this fic in particular is because Kendall/Jett is also, for my money, the pairing most likely to get kinky -- heck, there's an episode that ends with Kendall tying Jett up, and Jett seeming pretty much okay with this. (Note my icon. *g*) So this is a fic that grabs on to that potential and is fantastically hot in doing so.

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Never Have I Ever (Explicit. D/s, orgasm denial.)
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14th-Dec-2011 09:36 pm Changing Seasons by [livejournal.com profile] rensahannou (PG)
Fandom: BIG TIME RUSH
Pairing: James/Logan but essentially gen
Length: ~1,300
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] rensahannou
Why this must be read: One of the things I love most about the show is how close all the boys are. They've been best friends basically forever, and there's a lot of fertile ground there for writers to play with. This is a short, adorable fic set back when the boys are still in Minnesota, and though it's got James/Logan overtones, it's mostly just a scene of teenage boys goofing off with each other in a way that feels 100% true to canon.

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Changing Seasons
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13th-Dec-2011 08:41 pm Discography by [livejournal.com profile] kasuchi (PG-13)
Fandom: BIG TIME RUSH
Pairing: Mama Knight-centric gen (Mama Knight/OC)
Length: ~4,700 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] kasuchi
Author Website: Fic tag
Why this must be read: Two seasons into the show, Kendall's father has never been mentioned directly -- and his absence is conspicuous. Kendall has unstated but oh-so-present daddy issues, and it's been said in canon that Mama Knight hasn't had a date in at least seven years. On the one hand, it's kind of awesome to have a show that features a happy, functional single-parent family; on the other, basically everyone who watches wants to know what, exactly, happened to Mr. Knight. This is my favorite fic that takes a stab at answering that question, as it paints a history for Jen Knight in her pre-Mama days. She has a complex relationship with Kendall's father that feels very real -- and the fic shows how she grows and finds the strength we know she's got in canon.

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Discography
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12th-Dec-2011 11:04 pm We Learn As We Go by [livejournal.com profile] liliako (R)
Fandom: BIG TIME RUSH
Pairing: James/Camille/Logan
Length: ~2,500 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] liliako
Author Website: Fic master list
Why this must be read: As I mentioned somewhat extensively -cough- in the fandom overview, there's a point early in season two when Camille (Logan's girlfriend) accidentally kisses James. While the show doesn't particularly treat this as a love triangle, it can certainly be read that way -- especially because everyone involved seems to love everyone else involved so much. Does that call for an OT3 situation? You bet it does! This is a futurefic, and it is delightful domestic fluff about a typical Friday night between three people who adore each other, as Logan attempts to be responsible and James and Camille want to convince him responsibility is overrated.

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We Learn As We Go. There's also a lovely prequel, A Box Marked "Mine".
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11th-Dec-2011 09:30 pm one two three call your boys and girls by [livejournal.com profile] folkloric_feel (R)
Fandom: BIG TIME RUSH
Pairing: Kendall/Logan, James/Carlos, Jo/Camille
Length: ~9,000
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] folkloric_feel
Author Website: [livejournal.com profile] theborogoves
Why this must be read: Because everyone loves a good AU! This one is a lot of fun and features a lot of the reasons why I love Big Time Rush -- by which I mean lots of scheming, on the parts of both the goodguys and the badguys. And I particularly wanted to include this one because the chief antagonist is Mercedes Griffin, who's only a bit character on the show, but is incredibly fun and one of my very favorites. And as it happens her mean girl persona translates perfectly from canon into a college AU. So without further ado, shenanigans! Sorority parties! Drunken hookups!

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one two three call your boys and girls
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10th-Dec-2011 04:27 pm In Which Carlos is Inexplicably Suave by [livejournal.com profile] _kirbylicious_(PG-13)
Fandom: BIG TIME RUSH
Pairing: Carlos/Kendall and James/Logan
Length: ~4,000 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] _kirbylicious_
Author Website: [livejournal.com profile] kirbyfics
Why this must be read: In the show, Carlos is generally the least mature of the guys, and he's an epic failure when it comes to girls, so presenting him as a romantic lead can be a hard sell. This fic does a wonderful job, positing that a lot of Carlos' problems with girls come from not having figured out his sexuality yet, and when it comes to approaching boys, he's a lot more natural.

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In Which Carlos is Inexplicably Suave
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8th-Dec-2011 11:33 pm Things We Hold On To by [livejournal.com profile] lyricalecho (K+)
Fandom: BIG TIME RUSH
Pairing: Katie-centric gen, with background James/Carlos and Kendall/Logan, implied OT4, and Jo/Camille
Length: ~4,900 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] lyricalecho
Why this must be read: Katie is a fantastic character. She avoids all of the younger-sibling-on-TV clichés (she's neither cloying nor antagonistic, and there's no sibling rivalry whatsoever). Her relationship with her family is lovely -- for all her mother wants her to be friendly and normal, she's also clearly aware that Katie is not like other little girls, and she trusts Katie enough to let her be independent. Katie's relationship with Kendall is also adorable, and it's clear that she thinks of the rest of the guys as brothers, too.

All of which is to say, this fic must be read because it's a wonderful take on Katie as she grows up. Her family isn't normal by any means, and neither is she, but she loves her life and wouldn't change a thing.

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Things We Hold On To
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7th-Dec-2011 10:21 pm Sticky Dating Situations by smallearthcat (T)
Fandom: BIG TIME RUSH
Pairing: James/Logan
Length: ~3,700
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] geenoway
Author Website: AO3 profile
Why this must be read: I won't lie, James/Logan is a particular favorite pairing of mine. There's an episode in the first season where Logan explains that he's never asked a girl out, but has been out on double dates James arranged for them. Building off that detail, this fic shows us those dates, using them as a framework for the developing relationship between the boys. It's a very natural progression, both as a friendship and a relationship, and a great look into how the boys grow together.

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Sticky Dating Situations
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5th-Dec-2011 05:46 pm It's Supposed to Be Platonic by [livejournal.com profile] technicallysane (G)
Fandom: BIG TIME RUSH
Pairing: James/Carlos
Length: ~2,700
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] technicallysane
Author Website: [livejournal.com profile] kriotos (fic/graphics journal)
Why this must be read: Carlos is a hard character for a lot of the fandom to write, because he doesn't have a lot of internal conflict or drama. He's just a sweetheart who wants everyone to get along, and whose instinct is always to do the right thing. This post-episode fic (taking place right after "Big Time Demos") does a great job with him and his relationship with James -- Carlos is mildly hurt and even though he doesn't want to bring anyone else down, he and James are close enough that James can't help but notice. Lovely, heart-warming fluff.

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It's Supposed To Be Platonic
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3rd-Dec-2011 04:16 pm The Things That Keep Me Alive (Keep Me Alone) by [livejournal.com profile] garnetice (M)
Fandom: BIG TIME RUSH
Pairing: Kendall/James
Length: ~12,000
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] garnetice
Author Website: Fic master list
Why this must be read: Kendall and James have a fascinating dynamic on the show -- they're best friends who fight, who sometimes hate each other, and the show is practically founded on the idea that Kendall has just been given something that James has always wanted. Their relationship is intense, and it isn't too hard to imagine it as a ticking time bomb. This fic is fantastic look at what happens after that bomb goes off, ending their relationship (and taking the band with it), as well as a look back at exactly how they ended up this way. The emotions in this fic -- guilt and anger, especially -- are palpable and feel very true to the characters.

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The Things That Keep Me Alive (Keep Me Alone) . There is also a companion piece, Save Your Ammunition For Somebody Else.
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2nd-Dec-2011 07:29 pm Big Time Questions by [livejournal.com profile] frogy (PG-13)
Fandom: BIG TIME RUSH
Pairings: Kendall/Jo, Carlos/OC, Camille/Logan and Camille/James
Length: one-shot (roughly 13,000 words)
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] frogy
Author Website: AO3 profile
Why this must be read: This is one of the only fics in the fandom that follows the format of an episode. Every character has a subplot that's a variation on a theme, in this case, relationships. Complete with a snarky narrator and visual aids, the fic peeks into more grown up moments than the show can and does a fantastic job of tackling both Jo's desire to move her relationship along and Carlos' uncertain sexuality.

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Big Time Questions
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1st-Dec-2011 11:20 pm Fandom Overview: Big Time Rush
Hello! I'm possibly way too excited to have borrowed the van this month, to rec for Big Time Rush, aka Nickelodeon's delightful boyband/tv show/crosspromotional thing.

Every description of BTR is obligated to start like this: Big Time Rush is the story of four hockey playing best friends from Minnesota who get the chance of a lifetime when megaproducer Gustavo Rocque signs them as his newest boyband.

Which is to say, it's a Nickelodeon sitcom about a boy band, and, Monkees-style, the kids who play the band in the show then became a band in real life, with the same name, who tour singing music that is later featured on the show. The band's music is fun and poppy, while the show itself is genuinely clever and chocked full o' cartoon style hijinks as it both embraces and lovingly parodies boybands.

And come on, you want to see these four dudes on your TV, don't you? They're so dreamy!

Big Time Rush


It's the only life you've got, so you've got to live it big time (Oh oh ohhhh oh) )
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