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31st-Dec-2007 06:42 pm Chemically Induced Coma Dreams Are the Best! by Michelle (R)
Fandom: THE HISTORY BOYS
Pairing: Dakin/Irwin
Author on LJ: unknown
Author Website: unknown
Why this must be read:

Dakin/Irwin at its finest, and such a shame it never really happened. Banter and snogging and Dakin lying to his parents about where he spent the night; and quite possibly it's all just a dream. The title's a little ridiculous, but the fic is fantastic. Just trust me on this one.

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Chemically Induced Coma Dreams Are the Best!

I've had a great time reccing this month, and I hope you've all found lots of lovely fics to enjoy. Happy New Year!
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31st-Dec-2007 12:15 am Some Have A Reason For Dreaming by falling_words (PG-13)
Fandom: THE HISTORY BOYS
Pairing: Posner/Scripps
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] falling_words
Author Website: fic in memories
Why this must be read:

Really sweet, lovely fic set while the boys are all still at school. Posner moons over Dakin, Dakin is a careless ass, Scripps watches and starts to figure a few things out for himself. Good, solid writing, great dialogue, and a lovely and plausible start for Scripps and Posner.

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Some Have A Reason For Dreaming
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28th-Dec-2007 03:26 pm always true to you, darlin', in my fashion by solvent90 (R)
Fandom: THE HISTORY BOYS
Pairing: Dakin/Posner
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] solvent90
Author Website: unknown
Why this must be read:

Dakin sees Posner in a bar, years later, and wants him. It's great to see Posner all grown up, and coming into himself, and for Dakin to yearn after him for a change. Except it's Dakin, so less with the longing glances and more with the actually taking action. Hot and believable, with a hint of actually making some sort of connection for once.

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always true to you, darlin', in my fashion
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26th-Dec-2007 09:26 pm The Longed-For Moment by Darwin (R)
Fandom: THE HISTORY BOYS
Pairing: Posner/Dakin
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] foreverdirt
Author Website: [livejournal.com profile] imperfectcircle
Why this must be read:

I haven't gotten started on the History Boys [livejournal.com profile] yuletide fics for this year (bad reccer), but here's one of the best from last year's batch. Posner finally has sex with Dakin, and Scripps is treated to two somewhat conflicting versions of the event. It's wryly hilarious, with just a touch of the bittersweet.

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The Longed-For Moment
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24th-Dec-2007 10:01 pm on the cusp by orangesparks (PG-13)
Happy Christmas!

Fandom: THE HISTORY BOYS
Pairing: gen
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] orangesparks
Author Website: [livejournal.com profile] orangesparks
Why this must be read:

The title nails it: it's all about being just barely on the brink of something, and waiting for someone to make a move, and not sure which way everything's going to fall out. Scripps POV, and we all know how miserable he is at actually ever taking action, but Posner's there and maybe, maybe. Plus a really embittered Dakin, behaving exactly how one might expect a peevish Dakin to behave.

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on the cusp
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22nd-Dec-2007 01:55 pm He Knows You Know by truly_bohemian (PG-13)
Fandom: THE HISTORY BOYS
Pairing: gen, mostly
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] truly_bohemian
Author Website: [livejournal.com profile] tibby_schlegel is her fic journal
Why this must be read:

A series of ficlets looking at a few of the boys, ten years later. The Posner piece, in particular, is spot-on -- how he's become a great teacher in his own right, but with Hector and Irwin's influences still lingering and casting shadows over his life. It's a touch melancholy without being too bleak, really embodies the Posner of the film's epilogue. The other three ficlets -- looking at Scripps, Lockwood, and Dakin -- are also quite well done, and there's just a hint of optimism for Dakin/Irwin at the end.

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He Knows You Know
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20th-Dec-2007 02:03 am the kings and queens of England by solvent90 (R)
Fandom: THE HISTORY BOYS
Pairing: Dakin/Posner
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] solvent90
Author Website: unknown
Why this must be read:

This is a hard little fic to describe. Some things just stick in your head, and you'll never forget them. Dakin remembers some history. It's the insignificant details he remembers, the things that don't matter, but they keep coming back to him and becoming meaningful through his memory of them. [livejournal.com profile] solvent90 gives us a harsher look at Dakin growing up than we usually find in fics, and how Posner really matures more in contrast. And when they run into each other at last years later, it's both painful and cathartic. Just a lovely piece with a bit of bite to it.

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the kings and queens of England
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18th-Dec-2007 12:09 am Not Really by Arfoo (PG-13)
Fandom: THE HISTORY BOYS
Pairing: Scripps/Posner
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] h0rr0rsh0w_x
Author Website: unknown
Why this must be read:

Because every fandom needs a good drunken spin-the-bottle type of fic. There's a reason these things become cliches: because when they're done well, they're really bloody entertaining. The history boys get drunk and play some sort of hybrid drinking game of Dakin's invention, and inevitably two of them have to kiss. It's silly fun, the characterizations are spot-on, and the shorter second and third parts follow up with Scripps and Posner at Oxford, and the eventual repeat of the kiss. Just good fun all around, and Scripps is as insightful and yet clueless as ever.

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Not Really
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14th-Dec-2007 06:50 pm Relative Terms by drawingblinds (PG)
Fandom: THE HISTORY BOYS
Pairing: Dakin/Scripps
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] drawingblinds
Author Website: [livejournal.com profile] drawingblinds is her fic journal.
Why this must be read:

Oh, the human whirlwind that is Dakin, and how all Scripps can really do is stand back and let him happen. [livejournal.com profile] drawingblinds does a great job with Dakin's characterization, his larger-than-life personality and ability to make every situation work out in his favor, whether you like it or not. And she's also got a great handle on Scripps, so deeply in denial and determinedly passive that he has no idea what he wants until it grabs him and kisses him.

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13th-Dec-2007 12:34 am Barring Accidents by justholdstill (R)
Fandom: THE HISTORY BOYS
Pairing: Dakin/Irwin
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] justholdstill
Author Website: fanfic tags
Why this must be read:

The author's summary says: "Dakin tries to teach History a lesson, but History ends up teaching him." That's a pretty damn good summary. Irwin and Dakin do get that drink, as per many fics, but there's no romance here, just two guys who are just as fucked up together as they were in canon, and Dakin's so cocky and sure he can rewrite history somehow, but it bites him in the ass every time. It's not a depressing fic, but it's not happy, either, and it's one of the most true-to-life characterizations of Dakin and where he'd wind up after school that I've ever seen.

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Barring Accidents
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11th-Dec-2007 12:00 am Faith and Practice in Religion Today by Eli (R)
Fandom: THE HISTORY BOYS
Pairing: Scripps/Posner
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] rainfire_dancer
Author Website: unknown
Why this must be read:

Because it looks at Scripps/Posner through a lens of religious practices and ceremonies, which makes so much sense, given Scripps' relationship with religion and Posner's Judaism. It's far more than that, of course; it's the evolution of Scripps and Posner's romantic relationship, four important incidents out of their lives, and the language is lyrical and evocative without falling off into triteness or sappiness. And we really get to see their flaws, Posner's depression and self-deprecation, Scripps not knowing how or when to take action. But they're both such open, loving people at heart, and that sometimes makes everything all right even when it's really not. Plus, we get great glimpses of Dakin, Irwin, Lockwood, and Akthar, each of whom grow up (or don't) in their own wonderfully realistic ways. Just overall a really insightful, lovely piece.

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Faith and Practice in Religion Today
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9th-Dec-2007 06:33 pm except you ravish me by solvent90 (R)
Fandom: THE HISTORY BOYS
Pairing: Dakin/Scripps
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] solvent90
Author Website: unknown
Why this must be read:

It's Scripps dealing with Oxford and God and Dakin, and how anti-climactic university is and how nothing and everything changes. The fic delivers such a great sense that Scripps and Dakin really are best friends, and how Scripps knows Dakin so very well, and finds himself falling for him almost against his will. The romance is wonderfully understated and true to the characters (and, well, Dakin's hardly the romantic sort, after all), the language is funny and insightful and lovely in turns, and [livejournal.com profile] solvent90 is a master of the gradual, wonderful, tortuous build-up, which makes the climax when they actually act on it that much more satisfying.

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except you ravish me
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8th-Dec-2007 05:56 pm Proteus by Lauren (PG-13)
Fandom: THE HISTORY BOYS
Pairing: Dakin/Irwin
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] lo0o0ony_lauren
Author Website: unknown
Why this must be read:

Another fairly short fic, this one takes a good look at Dakin, at three different moments of his life. Dakin's such a brash, outgoing, outwardly uncomplicated boy, and here Lauren shows us a few rare glimpses of the thoughts and uncertainties that must always be simmering under the surface.

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6th-Dec-2007 12:05 am what's inside a girl? by orangesparks (PG-13)
Fandom: THE HISTORY BOYS
Pairing: Fiona gen
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] orangesparks
Author Website: [livejournal.com profile] orangesparks is a fic journal.
Why this must be read:

And now for something completely different: gen fic about a female character. Fiona is an underused and oft-ignored character in The History Boys, but I think she's quite interesting, and [livejournal.com profile] orangesparks connected ficlets here are a fantastic glimpse into just who this girl is, and why she decides to sleep with a schoolboy. It's a quick read, but she packs a lot of insights into just a few words. Fiona is worth taking notice of.

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what's inside a girl?
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5th-Dec-2007 01:50 am Able was I, ere I saw Elba by fiercynn (R)
Fandom: THE HISTORY BOYS
Pairing: Posner/Scripps
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] fiercynn
Author Website: fic masterlist
Why this must be read:

This was the fic that made me fall in love with Posner/Scripps as a pairing. [livejournal.com profile] fiercynn really nails Scripps at Oxford, his gift for recording the world around him paired with his paralyzing fear of actually acting on anything, his tendency towards pretentiousness and his yearning to just have everything running smoothly. And of course Posner, finally getting over Dakin and coming into his own, and knowing what he wants and that he's got to be the one to make the first move. Also offers up some terrific glimpses of Dakin and Akthar, plus a bit of arguing about history and How Stuff Happens, and she captures that just-starting-college feeling perfectly, and really, it's just lovely all around.

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Able was I, ere I saw Elba
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2nd-Dec-2007 11:47 pm Somewhere, One Day by rilla (PG-13)
Hiya! I'm kaydee, and I'll be your History Boys driver this month. I'm particularly a Posner/Scripps fan, but really, I'll read pretty much anything, slash or gen or even het (not so common in this fandom), and I'll do my best to offer a wide range of fics for you all.

Fandom: THE HISTORY BOYS
Pairing: Dakin/Irwin
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] rilla_
Author Website: unknown
Why this must be read:

I thought it would be best to start with the very first fic I read in this fandom -- the fic that convinced me to stick around. This one turned up in last year's [livejournal.com profile] yuletide, and hooked me immediately. The scenario is a fairly common one in this fandom: Dakin and Irwin finally get that drink. But this fic stands out because it's not just about that delayed gratification -- it's a vibrant kaleidoscope surrounding Lockwood's funeral and examining these peoples' lives, ten years down the line. Dakin and Irwin are both wonderfully characterized, and we also get good hard looks at Scripps, Posner, Mrs. Lintott, and how their lives are all still somehow interwoven a decade later.

And yeah, Dakin and Irwin get that drink, and maybe something more, and it all comes together so achingly wonderfully.

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Somewhere, One Day
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2nd-Dec-2007 01:18 am Fandom overview: The History Boys
I'm [livejournal.com profile] kaydeefalls, and this is The History Boys, your latest small fandom getting recced this month.

How do I define history? It's just one fucking thing after another.

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