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30th-Apr-2013 12:59 pm "your name is the splinter inside me" by abvj (G)
Well, this is the end of my month of LBD recs. If you haven't discovered this fandom, get thee to it! If you already have, hope you enjoyed, and I'll see you next month with a smattering of Doctor Who entries!

Fandom: THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES
Pairing: Lizzie Bennet/William Darcy
Length: 2005 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] abvj
Author Website: Master list
Why this must be read: In this one-shot, Lizzie considers her understanding of Darcy and how their relationship is evolving. It's canon-compliant and memorable, and nicely understated in its look at one person's reflections.

It’s NPR, which is also so perfectly Darcy in a way Lizzie can’t really explain, but finds almost endearing. )

your name is the splinter inside me
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30th-Apr-2013 12:39 pm "Somewhere between a beginning, a middle and an end" by Amodelofefficiency (T)
Fandom: THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES
Pairing: Lizzie Bennet/William Darcy
Length: ~24K words
Author on LJ: Unknown
Author Website: AO3
Why this must be read: This fic can best be described as "cozy"--warm and loving and composed of a string of soft, quiet moments between everyone's favorite pairing. Lizzie and Darcy are wonderfully in-character as they get to know each other better, and the results are just beautiful.

And even then – after the videos and the fights and the confessions and the realisation that she doesn’t dislike him; (a secret - she loves him) – even after all of that, she still doesn't really understand how he loves her. )

Somewhere between a beginning, a middle and an end
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29th-Apr-2013 11:23 am "Preludes" by KnifeEdge (T)
Fandom: THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES
Pairing: Lizzie Bennet/William Darcy
Length: 5145 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] knifeedgefic
Author Website: Over The Edge
Why this must be read: In this twist on canon, Lizzie doesn't get the memo about Lydia during Ep. 84 and instead accepts Darcy's invitation, and a predictably wonderful if understated evening ensues. Yet, rather than turning this premise into a fluff-fest, the author never forgets that this isn't what happened, and the result is a lyrical and gently melancholy story about what might have been, but wasn't.

Worlds revolve in the silence like the spin of a roulette wheel. )

Preludes
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27th-Apr-2013 07:35 pm VID REC: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries -- Anything You Can Do
Vidder: wolfsoda
Musical Artist: "Anything You Can Do," as sung by Ethel Merman and Ray Middleton from "Annie Get Your Gun"
Length: 2:59
Vidder on LJ: Unknown
Vidder Website: Unknown
Why this vid must be viewed: The vidder has a lot of delightful entries in this fandom, but I love this one--the timing and cuts are perfect (check out the clip paired with "I can shoot a sparrow/with a bow and arrow") and the song choice is delightful, especially given its context in "Annie Get Your Gun"!

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26th-Apr-2013 11:21 am "and look how far we've come" by gryffindork (G)
Fandom: THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES
Pairing: Lizzie Bennet/William Darcy
Length: 6932 words
Author on LJ: Unknown
Author Website: AO3
Why this must be read: This isn't quite a songfic (although the bits with song lyrics are actually really well done), but the prose still maintains a lyrical quality throughout, and the Darcy POV is nicely done--it adds to canon without infringing on it. Enjoy!

It might be a bit cliché to him, but for once, he doesn't mind. )

and look how far we've come
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25th-Apr-2013 04:18 pm "i thought you were chinese" by chasing_givenchy (T)
Fandom: THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES
Pairing: Lizzie Bennet/William Darcy
Length: 1695 words
Author on LJ: Unknown
Author Website: AO3
Why this must be read: Following Darcy from his receiving that fateful voicemail to when he shows up on Lizzie's birthday, this perfect nugget of a fic has a perfectly-used cast of supporting character, a healthy dose of MSG, and a great character study of this most enigmatic of leading men.

And yet, her name is Lizzie Bennet and she's making it extremely difficult for Will to pimp Pemberley. )

i thought you were chinese
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24th-Apr-2013 11:17 am "Everyone Needs a Confessor" by kyrieanne (G)
Fandom: THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES
Pairing: Lizzie Bennet/William Darcy
Length: 3482 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] kyrieanne
Author Website: Tumblr
Why this must be read: The author is herself a grad student, and her understand of exactly where Lizzie is coming from in that world shines through every line of this fic. There's plenty of Dizzie goodness here, but it's layered beneath Lizzie's figuring out herself, the people around her, and her storytelling. All in all, an excellent, smart character study.

This is how Dr. Gardner opens the first class Lizzie Bennet ever takes from her. )

Everyone Needs a Confessor
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23rd-Apr-2013 12:29 pm "Ten Minutes to Midnight" by mos (T)
Fandom: THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES
Pairing: Lizzie Bennet/William Darcy
Length: ~5600 words
Author on LJ: Unknown
Author Website: AO3
Why this must be read: A thoughtful and thorough backstory on Darcy, "Ten Minutes to Midnight" is one of those fics that you'll accept as headcanon halfway through. It's just that good.

He hates parties. Even Bing's. )

Ten Minutes to Midnight
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22nd-Apr-2013 01:49 pm "Wm. Darcy, Pornographer" by Diaphenia (M)
Fandom: THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES
Pairing: Lizzie Bennet/William Darcy, Jane Bennet/Bing Lee, Gigi Darcy/Caroline Lee
Length: 4648 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] saucydiva
Author Website: Tumblr
Why this must be read: On top of Diaphenia's trademark humor and warm characterizations, this features Darcy becoming an accidental, yes, pornographer by virtue of his having bought the company that had Lydia's video. Romance and hijinks of course ensue, as well as some spectacular parody titles, awkward!Darcy moments galore, and porn offerings for your every preference.

I own a boat. That doesn’t make me a pirate. )

Wm. Darcy, Pornographer
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18th-Apr-2013 02:20 pm "all right" by lulabo
Fandom: THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES
Pairing: Lizzie Bennet/William Darcy
Length: 5763 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] lulabo
Author Website: Tumblr
Why this must be read: After an unexpected dental surgery episode, Lydia discovers that the Darcenator has...well, more shallow depths than one would anticipate, plus a decent bedside manner as a last-minute caregiver. Bonus points for the author, who nicely captures the absurdities of wisdom-tooth extraction.

And I have a meeting with potential investors from Boston who are literally only going to be in the city for an hour, so Will’s going to sit with you. I would never, ever do this to you, Lydia, you know that, but this is literally the only time I could meet with these people and we set it up a month ago, and I promise you that Will is going to take such good care of you that you won’t even want me when I come back. )

all right
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17th-Apr-2013 10:58 am "Clash and Clamor" by midnightofthesoul (T)
Fandom: THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES
Pairing: Lizzie Bennet/William Darcy, Jane Bennet/Bing Lee
Length: 5319 words
Author on LJ: Unknown
Author Website: Tumblr
Why this must be read: I actually only just read "Clash and Clamor" this morning, but it's just one of those insta-rec fics. In this delightful post-Pemberly AU, Lydia and Charlotte narrate a rather tipsy Dizzie rendezvous and its aftermath. Their recounting of events is hilariously spot-on and a perfect contrast to Lizzie's overly introspective-bordering-on-hermetic demeanor. Seriously, these two should just tell all the stories.

She's been spending a lot of time listening to Bon Iver, staring at the last question of her thesis paper, and wearing scarves. )

Clash and Clamor
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16th-Apr-2013 10:50 am "in order to mend" by abvj (M)
Fandom: THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES
Pairing: Lizzie Bennet/William Darcy
Length: 3365 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] abvj
Author Website: Master list
Why this must be read: I live in Boston and everyone's a bit off-kilter from yesterday, so smut seemed like a good distraction to rec today. "in order to mend" manages to be both smokin' and funny, and Lizzie, Darcy, and Charlotte are so in-character that you can almost believe these are missing scenes. (Would that they were...)

The Pemberley Digitial arc that Lizzie refuses to talk about in her vlog. For reasons. )

in order to mend
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12th-Apr-2013 10:26 am "not practical but breakable" by lulabo (T)
Fandom: THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES
Pairing: Lizzie Bennet/William Darcy
Length: ~6500 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] lulabo
Author Website: Tumblr
Why this must be read: As a sort-of companion to yesterday's rec, today I bring you another take on Darcy as he watches Lizzie's videos for the first time. It ain't a pretty sight, but it's honest and alcohol-tinged and includes a good dose of Gigi and their dearly departed mother. Stories of Darcy taking stock of how he honestly needs to improve as a human being are difficult to do well, but this is one that gives you new insights into the character--as well as his irreverent sister.

Whenever Gigi is a state of excitement or melancholy or embarrassment or delight, Will has to remind himself to take whatever she’s saying, divide it in half and then in half again and he might have some idea of what she actually means.  )

not practical but breakable
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11th-Apr-2013 11:15 am "The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions" by imaginarycircus (T)
Fandom: THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES
Pairing: Lizzie Bennet/William Darcy
Length: ~1500 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] imaginarycircus
Author Website: Dreamwidth
Why this must be read: Who doesn't love Fitz? Like Caroline, his role in the LBD is mostly functional--resolving why Bing left, scheming with Gigi--but he's of course eminently more likable. And who didn't wonder about Darcy's experience of having to watch literally dozens of videos ripping him apart? In this short but meaningful missing-moment story, Fitz takes care of his very not-okay friend following Lizzie's rejection. There are small insights into their friendship that pack a punch, and Fitz's guilt for his missteps in trying to talk up Darcy before come into play in interesting ways.

Because friends don’t let friends watch 58 videos in which they are destroyed by the woman they love alone. )

The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions
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10th-Apr-2013 10:28 am "Trout Heart Replica" by brett (T)
Fandom: THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES
Pairing: William Darcy/Caroline Lee, Lizzie Bennet/William Darcy, Jane Bennet/Bing Lee, Ricky Collins/Caroline Lee
Length: 2099 words
Author on LJ: Unknown
Author Website: AO3
Why this must be read: Ah, Caroline. Perhaps the one character who didn't so much improve in the retelling. For better or worse, her role in the LBD is functional. She's not the protagonist of any story we see. "Trout Heart Replica" is by far the best counter to that I've read. It doesn't "redeem" Ms. Lee per se, but it does present her perspective in a frank, raw, and unapologetic way.

A flurry of gen-eds and perfect grades and still she was introduced at parties as Bing’s little sister. )

Trout Heart Replica
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9th-Apr-2013 12:23 pm "get loved, make more" by allthingsholy (T)
Fandom: THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES
Pairing: Lydia Bennet/Gigi Darcy, Lizzie Bennet/William Darcy, Jane Bennet/Bing Lee
Length: ~10K words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] allthingsholy
Author Website: Master List
Why this must be read: Having Lydia and Gigi bond over their shared experiences and judgmental older siblings isn't a new idea, but "get loved, make more" takes their relationship to the next level, beyond what the girls' pasts have in common. In this fic, two of the LBD's best-updated characters become adults in their own right and protagonists in their own (shared) stories.

i've read with every broken heart, we should become more adventurous )

get loved, make more
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8th-Apr-2013 11:12 am "The Tiger and the Eagle Went to Sea in a Beautiful Pea Green Boat" by imaginarycircus (Mature)
Fandom: THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES
Pairing: Lizzie Bennet/William Darcy
Length: 2166 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] imaginarycircus
Author Website: Dreamwidth
Why this must be read: Do you have any idea how hard it is to write a fic in the second person? I don't, but I do know you don't see many that are done well.  This fic with its long title is the exception--it's funny, clever, sexy, and includes just enough fanservice to keep Team Figi happy.

No one ever tells you that you’ll stumble into your hotel room kind of tipsy and absolutely starving. So tired you’re almost floating. )

The Tiger and the Eagle Went to Sea in a Beautiful Pea Green Boat
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5th-Apr-2013 11:00 am "Lizzie B, Pop Star" by Diaphenia (T)
Fandom: THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES
Pairing: Lizzie Bennet/William Darcy, Jane Bennet/Bing Lee, Lydia Bennet/George Wickham
Length: ~13K words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] saucydiva
Author Website: Tumblr
Why this must be read: Diaphenia made a name for herself in the Parks and Recreation fandom with clever stories that perfectly marry humor and sweetness and just the right about of shippiness. "Lizzie B, Pop Star" should give her the same reputation in the LBD fandom. It's a fun and not-that-long re-imagining of the story in which everyone's in pop bands and Darcy might actually be a dubstep DJ. Featuring a clever take on the series' trademark "costume theater," a fresh look at Caroline, and numerous tongue-in-cheek comments about "making music" together, this is easily the most fun LBD AU I've seen yet.

I’m so bored of this conversation. Let me have it for you. )

Lizzie B, Pop Star
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4th-Apr-2013 11:04 am "Agitation of Hope" by midnightofthesoul (G)
Fandom: THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES
Pairing: Lizzie Bennet/William Darcy
Length: ~6500 words
Author on LJ: Unknown
Author Website: AO3
Why this must be read: "Agitation of Hope" follows Lizzie as she dives into actually finishing her thesis (and you can feel the stress of that) and Darcy provides some unexpected moral and substantive support. Then they develop an actual friendship, and then some. It's beautifully paced and features Charlotte knowing everything and Darcy softening up a bit. Written prior to the actual ending of the series, this is one of those futurefics that I would've been totally happy with as canon.

You *do* have a thesis to finish. )

Agitation of Hope
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3rd-Apr-2013 11:35 am "Seven Wishes for Charlotte Lu" by littledust (G)
Fandom: THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES
Pairing: Gen
Length: ~3K words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] littledust
Author Website: [livejournal.com profile] littledust_fic
Why this must be read: A huge chunk of LBD fic is, of course, Lizzie/Darcy (and believe me, there are plenty of recs of that ilk to come). But one of the beauties of this adaptation is its female characters and their relationships and their control of the narrative (mostly), and there are some beautiful fics that highlight the Bechdel Test-friendly parts of the series. "Seven Wishes for Charlotte Lu" perfectly captures a fantastic character, from her interests and drive to her closeness with Lizzie.

It also features one of my favorite lines in any LBD fic ever: "Your mom does not have a Southern accent." "She does in my head."

The irritation fades when her father shows her the camcorder. )

Seven Wishes for Charlotte Lu
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2nd-Apr-2013 10:40 am "The Truth About Trains" by kyrieanne (PG)
Fandom: THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES
Pairing: Lizzie Bennet/William Darcy
Length: ~3K words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] kyrieanne
Author Website: Tumblr
Why this must be read: Kyrie Anne is one of my favorite authors for this fandom--she has incomparable insight into the characters and a smart, lyrical way of writing about them. (And if you like her fic, you should totally check out her LBD meta on Tumblr!) In this story, she draws Lizzie and Darcy together while focusing on their respective relationships with family and friends. In keeping with themes of the series and featuring a healthy dose of Team Figi, this is a pretty wonderful first story to read if you're new to the world of LBD.

ETA: There's now a sequel!

It’s about the connections, Lizzie. You’ve got to get them right or the whole thing falls apart. )

The Truth About Trains
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1st-Apr-2013 01:49 pm Fandom Overview: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

My name is Lizzie Bennet, and this is my life. )


The series concluded just last week, so this seemed like the perfect time for a month of recs! Enjoy!
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