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28th-Nov-2012 05:25 pm "Ordinary Girls" by Ember A. Keelty (PG-13)
Fandom: POKÉMON
Pairing: Gen
Length: 6450 words
Author Website: FanFiction.Net account
Why this must be read: I believe that keeping the characterization of an established character while narrating in the first person perspective is very difficult, but Ember A. Keelty really pulls it off in "Ordinary Girls." I remember being floored the first time I read this fic: it's quite powerful, and the twist, open-ended "resolution" of this fic certainly leaves room for interpretation. The best part of this fic has to be the characterization of Mars and Jupiter, though. It's a spot-on depiction of the cult mentality and the way it lingers after the fact. Even when there are a few leaps in the ways that characters like Dawn characterizatized, we can understand how she got there. All in all, this is an impressively written and compelling fic.

Excerpt: "Do you have a problem with pink?" she asks, taking a chug. )

"Ordinary Girls"
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23rd-Nov-2012 11:08 pm "As Night Follows Day" by Annisoptera (PG-13)
Fandom: POKÉMON
Pairing: Gary Oak/Ash Ketchum, Gary Oak/Jared
Length: 8056 words
[dreamwidth.org profile] mocha[archiveofourown.org profile] mochawhipAuthor Website: FanFiction.Net account
Why this must be read: This is quite the emotional read. Centered on Gary Oak, Ash Ketchum's first rival from the anime, this piece explores the development of his character while following his changing perception of and feelings for Ash. To me, this is one of the quintessential fics for the pairing. It is also a very good read on its own: the pacing is pretty exquisite, and it makes for an excellent character study.

Excerpt: Gary watches from the sidelines as Ash splashes his hand in the water tank out back, trying to provoke the Pok√©mon inside. )

"As Night Follows Day"
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21st-Nov-2012 11:30 pm "Bullet Proof" by Otte (M)
Fandom: POKÉMON
Pairing: Gold/Silver
Length: 11843 words
[dreamwidth.org profile] mocha[archiveofourown.org profile] mochawhipAuthor Website: FanFiction.Net account
Why this must be read: This mangaverse fic is a thrilling read. There's a good deal of intrigue and suspense to complement in this story that complements its romantic arc, and the way Otte takes something that was only hinted at in the manga and develops it into her own plot is really great. I would really recommend reading this; it's a great fic.

Excerpt: "Get the hell up, Gold!" )

"Bullet Proof"
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14th-Nov-2012 02:11 pm "Teacher, Preacher" by mocha (PG-13)
Fandom: POKÉMON
Pairing: Gen
Length: 5035 words
Author on DW: [dreamwidth.org profile] mocha[personal profile] mocha
Author on AO3 & FFnet: [archiveofourown.org profile] mochawhip[archiveofourown.org profile] mochawhip | mochawhip
Author Website: Fanfic Master List
Why this must be read: Pokémon gameverse canon is somewhat notorious for being lax in developing its antagonists, but "Teacher, Preacher" develops Team Rocket in spades. The author doesn't hold any punches: each of the characters is depicted in a very harsh light, and their flaws are laid out for you to see. Just when you believe that they couldn't get any more despicable, however, Mocha sneaks up on you and, against all odds, manages to make every single character redeemable, sympathetic, and remarkably whole. All in all, this piece is a very nuanced study of the dynamics between the upper echelons of Team Rocket: the Boss, his Executives, and his young son, and I heartily recommend it to anyone who loves or is interested by Team Rocket, or antagonists in general.

Excerpt: Four is a clean number, sharp and stable like a square. )

"Teacher, Preacher" (can also be read on AO3 and FFnet)
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8th-Nov-2012 10:00 am "Retroactive Continuity" by [livejournal.com profile] aztecravemonkey (PG)
Fandom: POKÉMON
Pairing: Gen
Length: 2220 words
Author on LJ & DW: [livejournal.com profile] aztecravemonkey[dreamwidth.org profile] mercoledi[personal profile] mercoledi
Author on FFnet: JX Valentine
Author Website: Fanfic Tag
Why this must be read: One of the things I love most about the Pokémon fandom is that the games can inspire fics like this one. "Retroactive Continuity" acknowledges the idea that there are continuity errors and canon discrepancies within the main series of Pokémon games. These discrepancies are most apparent in that each generation of games usually carries two versions—each of which offers a slight variation on the storyline—but there is also the fact that there were outright remakes of certain generations and characters that are "left out" by them. Instead of ironing out the canon's wrinkles, however, this piece takes the idea and applies it in a very striking—and  chilling—manner. Jax touches on these ideas masterfully; her prose is incisive, and not a single word is wasted. Compounded with the edge of psychological horror inherent in the narrative, this fic makes for a very thought-provoking read. All that being said, "Retroactive Continuity" is a really great introduction to how the Pokémon fandom implements game mechanics and meta in creative ways.

Excerpt: Leaf knows. )

"Retroactive Continuity"
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7th-Nov-2012 07:10 pm "Grapevine" by [livejournal.com profile] neutralize (PG-13)
Fandom: POKÉMON
Pairing: Gen
Length: 1871
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] neutralize
Author Website: Fanfic Master List
Why this must be read: This fic is just too much fun. It features the Kanto gym leaders, who promptly begin discussing their gyms and how they relate to their sex lives. Apart from the laughter-inducing anecdotes from the gym leaders, the advice they give Janine is simply hilarious. Not to mention the conclusion, which is really something else. If you're in the mood for a lighthearted, comical piece, then look no further! 

Excerpt: ”And then what happened?” )

"Grapevine"
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5th-Nov-2012 03:29 pm "moments through an hourglass" by [livejournal.com profile] kitsuneasika (Teen)
Fandom: POKÉMON
Pairing: Silver/Kotone, Silver/Green, hinted Green/Red
Length: 6763 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] kitsuneasika
Author on AO3: kitsuneasika
Author on FFnet: kitsuneasika
Author Website: Fanfic Master List 
Why this must be read: This piece has so many things to appreciate: a narrative told through letters, travel, rare pairs, pitch perfect characterization. It is definitely one of the most romantic stories I have ever read, and this quality is due in great part to the longing atmosphere and tone that Kitsuneasika develops. Perhaps the strongest aspect of this fic, however, is its exquisite pacing. The relatively slow development builds up the characters exceptionally well, and the culmination of these aspects makes for an intensely satisfying resolution.

Excerpt: Silver makes an exasperated sound, and unfolds the letter, tearing a blank strip from the last, mostly empty page. )

"moments through an hourglass" (can also be read on AO3)
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2nd-Nov-2012 09:31 pm "affinity" by [livejournal.com profile] baticeer (PG)
Hello! I'm Kuruk, and I will be reccing Pokémon fanfiction for you this month! I am based as both a writer and reader in the gameverse canon fandom, but I will aim to provide recs from both the anime and manga fandoms as well. Without further ado, allow me to direct you toward our first stop....

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Fandom: POKÉMON
Pairing: Gen
Length: 2000 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] baticeer
Author on FFnet: faces sunward
Author Website: Fanfic Master List 
Why this must be read: Put simply, this piece hits hard. Baticeer's style is simple but breathtakingly insightful, and these qualities lend themselves seamlessly to the narrative. Whether you're more familiar with the games, anime, or manga, the author's depiction of an aging Pikachu and the manner in which he and his trainer learn to accept the inevitable is just heartrending.

Excerpt: Pikachu rouses himself from the warm spot in the window seat with some difficulty. )

"affinity" (can also be read on FFnet)
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