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15th-Jan-2014 10:33 pm from the same sky, by sophia_sol (T)
Thank you so much for the opportunity to rec my favorite tiny fandom! I'm sad to see the [livejournal.com profile] crack_van era come to an end. While my Rómeó és Júlia recs ended up being something of a Tybalt & Mercutio show due to what currently exists, there's plenty of opportunity to write about other characters, including the women, and our little fandom is always excited to lure in new writers. If you missed it the first time, you can find out more about how to watch the show in the fandom overview.

Fandom: RÓMEÓ ÉS JÚLIA
Characters: Tybalt, Mercutio
Length: 1040 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] sophia_sol
Author Website: fic on AO3
Why this must be read:

A concise and deceptively complex take on another possible backstory for Tybalt and Mercutio, in "from the same sky" they might be something like friends—but despite their youth, Tybalt already has no hope, and Mercutio has already learned cruelty. They're "fine" for now, almost happy, perhaps (and the story delivers on gorgeous Tybalt hair porn as well), but it's all shadowed by the looming future.

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from the same sky

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15th-Jan-2014 10:20 pm ART REC: Veronai élet, by Atov (not rated)
Fandoms: RÓMEÓ ÉS JÚLIA / LA VIE PARISIENNE - OFFENBACH
Pairing/Characters: Mercutio/Métella, Raoul de Gardefeu/Tybalt, Bobinet with implied Bobinet/Gardefeu/Tybalt/Mercutio/Métella
Length: 3 drawings
Artist on Tumblr: apfelstrudelz
Artist Website: most art is under the atovision tag (note: sometimes gory) | other art on DeviantArt at ruberoidz, although nothing Rómeó és Júlia as of this post
Why this must be seen:

Alas, there is no crossover fic for this fandom yet, but there is some glorious crossover art, and perhaps someday it may inspire fic! Atov's art all has an energy that I love, with interesting compositions, beautiful coloring, and distinctly drawn characters.

"Veronai élet" ("Veronese Life") is a series of gorgeous drawings depicting the results of a somewhat cracky crossover where Mercutio and Tybalt somehow find themselves in late 19th century Paris, entangled with the wacky lives of the dandies and courtesans of Offenbach's comic operetta La Vie parisienne. Instead of everyone dying, Métella finds Mercutio helpful for more than one purpose, Gardefeu flirts shamelessly with this weird angry guy who looks remarkably like his friend and rival Bobinet, and everything ends in champagne and probably orgies.

Veronai élet
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12th-Jan-2014 07:31 pm That Forgiveness Unearned, by drcalvin (M)
Fandom: RÓMEÓ ÉS JÚLIA
Pairing: Tybalt/Peter
Length: 1974 words
Author on LJ | Tumblr: [livejournal.com profile] drcalvin | drcalvin
Author Website: fic on AO3
Why this must be read:

This is a lovely, bittersweet little story from the point of view of Peter, the Nurse's servant, that captures the odd dynamic between Tybalt and the Capulet servants in canon—where they seem to care about him and he's relatively friendly with them, but there's always an insurmountable class barrier between them—Tybalt may like them better than his family or Montagues, but he doesn't quite see them as people, so their care for him isn't enough. Only with porn.

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That Forgiveness Unearned

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11th-Jan-2014 07:19 pm Crown Of Thorns, by skazka (M)
Fandom: RÓMEÓ ÉS JÚLIA
Pairing: Mercutio/Tybalt
Length: 327 words
Author on LJ | Tumblr: [livejournal.com profile] samgrass | harkerling
Author Website: fic on AO3
Why this must be read:

A compelling, painful take on Tybalt's tangled self-loathing and sexual issues, as well as the roots of his hatred for Mercutio. (Note that this story includes themes of self-harm and teenage sexuality.)

Crown Of Thorns

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10th-Jan-2014 11:07 am talk not to me of blasphemy, by Cinaed (E)
Fandom: RÓMEÓ ÉS JÚLIA
Pairing: Benvolio/Mercutio
Length: 2071 words
Author on LJ | Tumblr: [livejournal.com profile] cinaed | cinaed
Author Website: fic on AO3
Why this must be read:

Romeo, Benvolio, and Mercutio cross-dress as nuns to sneak into a convent so Romeo can get laid, but what are Benvolio and Mercutio to do while they're waiting?

It can't all be doom and gloom forever, even in post-apocalyptic Verona. It's a little bit of a puzzle to me that there isn't more Benvolio/Mercutio or trio hijinks, given how flirty some of the actors get, but this story definitely fills some of those needs and manages to be not completely depressing! There's also some great insight into the characters and their relationships, humor, and a hot blowjob—a little bit of everything.

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talk not to me of blasphemy

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8th-Jan-2014 12:18 pm Those Lights of Fate, by madame_le_maire (T)
Fandom: RÓMEÓ ÉS JÚLIA
Pairing: Mercutio/Tybalt
Length: 562 words
Author Website: fic on AO3
Why this must be read: This fandom as a whole tends to sad backstory and sad porn, so the occasional fix-it where everything isn't misery is a refreshing change! Here, in remarkably few words, madame_le_maire has deftly and lyrically managed to remove Mercutio and Tybalt (and the others, in the background) from Verona to where they can tentatively make a new kind of start. Bittersweet but hopeful.

Or: Tybalt and Mercutio play Spin the Bottle.

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Those Lights of Fate

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6th-Jan-2014 12:07 pm Seven Sins, by Fyre (R)
Fandom: RÓMEÓ ÉS JÚLIA
Pairing: Mercutio/Escalus, Mercutio/Lady Capulet, Mercutio/Tybalt, Mercutio/Nurse, Mercutio/Benvolio, Mercutio/Romeo
Length: 5499 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] fyrie
Author Website: fic on AO3
Why this must be read:

The first "Mercutio Does Verona" story I know of, this is a dark look at a Mercutio who is very much a product of dystopian post-apocalyptic Verona, with some interesting looks at other characters as well (particularly Julia's Nurse, who is sharply perceptive and absolutely has Mercutio's measure). Some consent issues may apply.

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Seven Sins

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4th-Jan-2014 08:24 pm Pinning moths with slabs of stone, by drcalvin (M)
Fandom: RÓMEÓ ÉS JÚLIA
Pairing: Mercutio/Tybalt
Length: 7869 words
Author on LJ | Tumblr: [livejournal.com profile] drcalvin | drcalvin
Author Website: fic on AO3
Why this must be read:

This is a gorgeously lyrical and complex exploration of both Tybalt and Mercutio's backstories, highlighting both their similarities and the fundamental differences that make them hate each other. I particularly love this take on Tybalt's possible relationship with religion, as well as the vicious banter between Tybalt and Mercutio (the hatesex is hot, too). As a bonus there are also some gorgeous illustrations of young Tybalt and Mercutio by Atov.

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Pinning moths with slabs of stone | illustrations by Atov

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29th-Dec-2013 11:46 pm Fire Next Time, by Miss M (M)
Fandom: RÓMEÓ ÉS JÚLIA
Pairings and Characters: Tybalt/Mercutio, Tybalt/Julia, Tybalt/Lady Capulet, Friar Laurence
Length: 2877 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland
Author Website: fic on AO3
Why this must be read:

This is an iceberg story, the kind of story that fits more into fewer words than you expect. It's very subtly almost five things story--each scene illuminates Tybalt's relationship with another character (Julia, Friar Laurence, Mercutio, Lady Capulet, and Julia again), but in a way that carries Tybalt through growing up from a boy who's already damaged but not yet broken to the man he is in canon, bracketed by how his relationship with Julia changes. Gorgeously written, dark, and emotionally complex, this is one of my very favorite takes on a backstory for Tybalt, and a smart glimpse at several of the other characters as well.

Some semi-explicit sexual content between teenagers, plus similar level of general themes of misogyny, incestuous feelings, and violence as canon.

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Fire Next Time

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27th-Dec-2013 09:59 pm what lies lurk in kisses, by Cinaed (T)
There was a bunch of great Rómeó és Júlia fic in Yuletide this year. I'll be reccing some of it before reveals, since I'm trying to mix up the character focuses a bit (the fandom as a whole is not quite as Tybalt/Mercutio-focused as my recs might suggest, but there's not much I can do about that within [livejournal.com profile] crack_van rules), and will come back after Jan. 1 to edit in the authors.

Fandom: RÓMEÓ ÉS JÚLIA
Pairing: Mercutio/Tybalt
Length: 3922 words
Author on LJ | Tumblr: [livejournal.com profile] cinaed | cinaed
Author Website: fic on AO3
Why this must be read:

Mercutio and Tybalt have hated each other for a long time, and there's a lot of potential in exploring their backstory. This story explores Tybalt's apparently-traumatic first visit to a brothel (and his relationship with his father), as well as his conflict with Mercutio. It's gorgeously written, and the dialogue between them is sharp and complicated, as is their dynamic.

Some non-explicit sexual activity between teenagers. Heed author's warnings, although it's not really much more fucked up than canon.

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what lies lurk in kisses

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20th-Dec-2013 04:36 pm Becoming Lady Capulet, by drcalvin (T)
Fandom: RÓMEÓ ÉS JÚLIA
Pairing: Lady Capulet/Lord Capulet
Length: 2220 words
Author on LJ | Tumblr: [livejournal.com profile] drcalvin | drcalvin
Author Website: fic on AO3
Why this must be read:

Lady Capulet is one of the best-developed characters in this version of canon, but even so there are many questions to answer about her. Was her marriage always a mess? What motivates her fixation on marriage as the solution to Julia's problems, when it clearly didn't solve hers? What's going on under all that brittle, fragile beauty?

In this layered little backstory, drcalvin tries to answer some of those questions, painting a picture of a Lady Capulet who is neither wholly unlikable nor wholly sympathetic, while foreshadowing both the disintegration of her marriage and her rather weird relationship with her nephew Tybalt.

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Becoming Lady Capulet

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17th-Dec-2013 11:45 am Brontide, by Pantalaimons (T)
Fandom: RÓMEÓ ÉS JÚLIA
Pairing/Characters: Mercutio, Benvolio, Romeo (more or less bring your own subtext)
Length: 1240 words
Author on Tumblr: pantalaimons
Author Website: fic on AO3
Why this must be read:

One of the most interesting things about the Hungarian production of this musical is the relationships between Mercutio, Benvolio, and Romeo, which take on different flavors according to the actors. The scene this story takes as its starting point is set right after the Capulet ball, when Mercutio mockingly flirts with Romeo and Benvolio in turn—but how much is mockery and how much is flirtation is hard to say—and it's based on the younger second cast interactions.

Here Pantalaimons has written a layered story full of poor communication, ambiguity, the bitter ache of unrequited love, and under it all the sense of impending doom foreshadowed by the title. Pantalaimons has a great feel for blending Shakespearean language with references to the musical.

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Brontide

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14th-Dec-2013 07:11 pm Nothing but a gloomy theme, by acaramelmacchiato (G)
Fandom: RÓMEÓ ÉS JÚLIA
Characters: Mercutio, Tybalt
Length: 700 words
Author on Tumblr: bro-stoevsky
Author Website: fic on AO3
Why this must be read: Prompt is: "Mercutio meets Tybalt in a bar during Carnival" -- and literally that is it plus a bewildered bartender trying not to get knifed.

What makes Mercutio Mercutio in any version of Romeo and Juliet is his biting, sometimes bitter wit. Although this story is short (as are many of the stories in this tiny fandom, we're not big on epics just yet), acaramelmacchiato packs an incredible number of layers into the simple scenario of two enemies encountering each other in a bar.

The language is gorgeous and clever, the verbal sparring enormously fun, and the deeper hints at the relationship between the characters intriguing. The ambiguity of the setting--is it historical? modern? space Verona? echoes the ambiguity of the show's production design. If you're only familiar with the original Shakespeare play, you may still enjoy this one.

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Nothing but a gloomy theme

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10th-Dec-2013 01:27 am Fandom Overview: Rómeó és Júlia (musical)
Hi, I'm [livejournal.com profile] carmarthen and this month I'll be doing recs for the tiny-but-could-be-bigger fandom Rómeó és Júlia, the post-apocalyptic aesthetic, fire and leather Hungarian version of the French musical based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (whew)!

Don't worry--you don't need to know Hungarian (subtitles are available) and this is Romeo and Juliet for people who don't normally like Romeo and Juliet (as well as those who do)!

I'll give a quick run-down, since most people are probably familiar with the basic plot, and then spread out my handful of recs through the rest of the month. The plot summary will be a bit spoilery, but if you've been exposed to the Western literary canon at all you're probably already spoiled--most of what makes this production unique is in the aesthetic and character details, not in major plot changes. In fact, if you're not specifically familiar with this production, you may still enjoy much of the fic (although I highly recommend watching it, of course).

Rómeó és Júlia

Beautiful Verona greets you:
Don't get between me and my revenge!


Like the original Shakespeare play, Rómeó és Júlia is the story of a Verona torn by senseless violence. In this version, however, there's no Lord Montague, and while Lord Capulet seems ready to make peace, the ladies of the two houses are not--nor are the younger generation, who roam the streets in gangs despite the edict of the Prince against fighting. Romeo and Julia, of course, meet and fall in love against the wishes of their families--but love isn't enough to save them from the violence around them. Everything ends in fire and death, except in fanfiction, where fix-it AUs and sex are a more common outcome.

We're destined for hell and we'll all burn,
but heaven awaits Romeo and Julia.

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