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31st-Mar-2012 09:30 am a little less conversation by youcallitwinter (r)
Fandom: The Vampire Diaries
Pairing: Stefan/Elena/Damon
Length: 1000 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] youcallitwinter
Author Website: fic tag

Why this must be read: It's my last recc of the month and it's a good one. [livejournal.com profile] youcallitwinter truly has a way with words and this piece is absolutely stunning from beginning it end. It is Elena writing her own story, the story of the boys who loved her, with tragic, sharp self-awareness.

Excerpt She’ll write a story someday. A girl. Two boys. Their names starting with a ‘D’ and an ‘S’, because she’s not original, really, never has been. Look at her face.


a little less conversation
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30th-Mar-2012 09:13 pm VID REC: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - "Sombody that You Used to Know"
Vidder: spuffyproductions88
Musical artist: Gotye
Pairing: Stefan/Elena/Damon/Katherine (and pretty much all combinations therein)
Vidder on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] nvrbnkisst
Vidder's website: their youtube page

Why this vid kicks ass: IT IS A WORK OF ART. Seriously, the editing in this is stunning, showing all kinds of parallels and connections that you never realized were there. The song has become quite common in the vidding world, but this is definitely the best adaption I've seen.

Like a Stranger
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30th-Mar-2012 08:55 pm VID REC: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - "Feel It In My Bones"
Vidder: trelkez
Musical artist: Tiesto (feat: Tegan and Sara_
Pairing: Damon-Stefan, Damon-Elena (a definite OT3-vibe)
Vidder on LJ: Unknown
Vidder's website: their youtube page

Why this vid kicks ass: I don't know if it's become clear through my reccs, but I am very much attached to Mr. Stefan Salvatore. I tend to watch the show through his eyes. That's why I think this vid is stunning. Because I have never -- never had this many feelings for Damon when watching the show. It beautifully shows both his relationships with Stefan and Elena, the similarities and differences in each, and it just becomes the most perfect character study of Damon.

Feel it in My Bones
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28th-Mar-2012 11:27 pm Don't Know the Taste of a Never Ending Ache by perfectlystill (R)
Fandom: The Vampire Diaries
Pairing: Klaus/Rebekah
Length: about 4200 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] perfectlystill
Author Website: fic masterlist

Why this must be read: I went back and forth on including this story because it no longer fits in with the show's canon. It was written before 3x08 and therefore draws its own picture of the Original family and Rebekah's relationship with her brothers. Despite that, the entire pieces draws such a clear and vivid picture of Rebekah. I also love getting to see Klaus through her eyes, the way they were bonded when they were young because they were both younger children and how that connection changed as he delved into his hybrid side.

an excerpt )


Don't Know the Taste of a Never Ending Ache
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26th-Mar-2012 05:15 pm An Extended Affair by silvia kindera (pg13)
Fandom: The Vampire Diaries
Pairing: mention of past-Klaus/Stefan and past-Elena/Stefan, but it's very much an ensemble fic
Length: 3000 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] silviakundera
Author Website: fic masterlist

Why this must be read: A witch turns Klaus into a kitten. Stefan brings kitten!klaus home. Damon is peeved. I would say more, but do I need to, really? (You should also know that this author writes the funniest Damon PoV I've ever read.)

an excerpt )


an extended affair
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24th-Mar-2012 01:58 pm Big Red Machine by probable_stars (r)
Fandom: The Vampire Diaries
Pairing: Stefan and Damon (gen)
Length: about 2100 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] probable_stars
Author Website: fic journal

Why this must be read: I love the way this story jumps through time, showing bits of this relationship from the long decades Stefan and Damon lived through, showing scenes from the show with new insight, and even pressing further into a disturbingly dark future for them (and Elena). I love that everything changes, but there is this enduring consistency of their lives. Stefan and Damon, loving each other and needing each other and lashing out at each other. Brothers are the reason.


Excerpt

There is time and there is space and Stefan can't seem to make the two match up properly. Elena's smile is familiar, eyes dancing and smirk curled upwards, and if keeping it means showing up some dick history teacher, he'll gladly do it. Pearl Harbor? 1941. 1989. 1964. 1963. He shouldn't be doing this, shouldn't be drawing attention to himself in this way, but she's smiling and he can't seem to stop. '68. 1865. 1973. Tanner's asking about the Berlin Wall, Civil Rights, JFK. But all Stefan can remember is Lexie and hunger, blood and regret. And his brother, through it all there is his brother. An eternity of misery and a girl neither one could quite put away. 1954. No Damon. 1863. Damon and no Katherine and then no Damon and then Katherine. 1950-1953. Hunger, hunger, hunger, whole months of delirious hunger. Where is his brother? He has lost his brother. She smiles again, claps her hands prettily and Stefan is glad Tanner didn't ask for today's date. Isn't quite sure he'd have got that one right.


Big Red Machine
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23rd-Mar-2012 09:32 am Stowaway Hearts by cassiehayes (pg)
Fandom: The Vampire Diaries
Pairing: Caroline/Bonnie
Length: about 3700 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] cassiehayes
Author Website: fic masterlist

Why this must be read: The main reason this story should be read is because this ship is magic and the lack of fic is heart-breaking. I love a good unrequited love story and this one just hurts in all the rights ways. It's a fantastic Bonnie PoV, especially since this takes place pre-series, before she had any idea that she was a witch. Way back when she and Caroline (and Elena too) were all just normal teenage girls with normal teenage girl problems. This is simple and sweet and makes me want to hug Bonnie tight and never let go.

an excerpt )


Stowaway Hearts
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22nd-Mar-2012 08:17 pm all my love that rages high by ever_neutral (pg13)
Fandom: The Vampire Diaries
Pairing: Elena (mentions of Elena/Stefan, past Elena/Matt, Elena/Damon)
Length: about 1200 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] ever_neutral
Author Website: fic masterlist

Why this must be read: Whenever I'm talking to someone who doesn't think Elena is a layered character or a complex protagonist, I send them directly to this fic. [livejournal.com profile] ever_neutral's Elena is bleaker than most, but she carries a steely resolve and determination. The story is sharp and cutting and so true to the darkness inherent in the show. I love the self-awareness Elena has, so aware that her face is not her own, that the adoration she receives from the Salvatores has more to do with that face than it does with her.

an excerpt )


all my love that rages high (or: 10 things everyone thinks they know about elena gilbert)
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21st-Mar-2012 11:21 pm watch your step (you'll need a miracle) by opheliahyde (nc17)
Fandom: The Vampire Diaries
Pairing: Tyler/Katherine, established-Jeremy/Tyler, implied-Jeremy/Katherine.
Length: about 11000 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] opheliahyde
Author Website: [livejournal.com profile] roomwithoutsoul is [livejournal.com profile] opheliahyde's writing journal and here is her tag list

Why this must be read: Well, for starters, it's such a refreshingly original piece. It throws together Tyler and Katherine, two characters who have never really interracted in the show and give such a brutal telling of how they would crash into each other. It pulls absolutely no punches (and please do note the warnings listed at the top of the fic). Katherine is a monster in this, cruel and terrifying and gleeful. And Tyler is... Tyler. He's territorial and determined and fucked up beyond repair. The whole thing is glorious and truly worth the read. (You may have to stretch your mind back a ways since it's set in the beginning of second season, but it just settles into the story so well.)

Excerpt

Tyler can’t help it, he goes over there and interrupts, leaving his post and probably ruining their plan, but he can’t really bring himself to care. He curls his fingers through Jeremy’s, pressing their palms together as he stakes his claim and challenges her to make a move.

Katherine just looks amused, biting her lip and twirling her hair, dark eyes dancing behind her mask. “Down boy,” she says, patting his cheek and ghosting a hand down his arm. “Now’s not the time to get territorial.”



watch your step (you'll need a miracle)
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20th-Mar-2012 12:49 pm the past is prologue by lit_chick08 (nc17)
Fandom: The Vampire Diaries
Pairing: Miranda/Grayson, John/Isobel, John/Jenna, Grayson/Liz, Carol/Richard, Jenna/Logan, Jenna/Mason, Miranda/Richard, Isobel/Damon, Isobel/Alaric
Length: over 70,000 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] lit_chick08
Author Website: TVD fic masterlist and fic masterlist for other fandoms

Why this must be read: The hardest thing was choosing which of [livejournal.com profile] lit_chick08's stories to recc. I settled on this one because it is the clearest example of what she does well: take characters who you've never thought about and fleshing them out, making them full and real and whole and human and heart-breaking. There isn't much fic about the older generation of Mystic Falls residents, but this story is long enough that we really don't need anything else. It got such a broad scope that it covers all those questions we've all wondered: how Miranda and Grayson Gilbert fell in love, how Richard Lockwood found out about his family's curse, why John Gilbert agreed to let his brother adopt his daughter, how Liz Forbbes became the town sheriff, and what secrets about Jenna does Mason know.

an excerpt )


Past is Prologue (masterpost)
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13th-Mar-2012 09:54 am I'm A Neon Sign And I Stay Open All The Time by stainofmylove (r)
Fandom: The Vampire Diaries
Pairing: Stefan/Klaus
Length: about 820 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] stainofmylove
Author Website: fic masterlist

Why this must be read: [livejournal.com profile] stainofmylove is one of the more prolific writers in the fandom (and we are lucky to have her because every story is flawless). This is one of my favorites of hers. A dark and violent peek at Stefan and Klaus. Ripper!Stefan at his finest and most disturbing. A must-read, especially since the show seems dead-set on getting Stefan back in the wagon as quickly as possible.

an excerpt )


I'm A Neon Sign And I Stay Open All The Time
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12th-Mar-2012 11:16 pm this ghost train by waltzmatildah (pg13)
Fandom: The Vampire Diaries
Pairing: Stefan/Elena
Length: about 400 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] waltzmatildah
Author Website: fic masterlist

Why this must be read: The prompt that inspired this fic speaks volumes by itself: I never meant to hurt you, you have to believe me. I wasn’t thinking about you at all. It is rare to find a Stefan piece that is this insightful and hard and honest and it is harder still to find a Stefan/Elena piece that is this deeply unapolegetic. It is a series of short glimpses of Stefan throughout his time with Elena, each one haunting and bleak in it's own way. From the very beginning, Stefan built this relationship around the ghosts that haunt him. He can't help it; he built himself around them too.

This Ghost Train
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5th-Mar-2012 10:19 pm all in the family by aerintine (pg13)
Fandom: The Vampire Diaries
Pairing: Stefan/Elena/Damon (Katherine/Alaric)
Length: about 1700 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] aerintine
Author Website: fic masterlist

Why this must be read: I figured that, after my last recc, we could use something more light-hearted. The reasons that this story is flawless are threefold. (1) Stefan, Elena, and Damon all get married to each other. (2) Katherine gets to play the role of the pseudo stepmother. (3) Hilarity and delightfulness ensue.

All in the Family
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1st-Mar-2012 07:31 pm history repeating by unoshot (pg13)
Fandom: The Vampire Diaries
Pairing: Stefan and Damon
Length: 3860 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] unoshot
Author Website: fic masterlist

Why this must be read: This is, hands down, the most stunning fic I have read in this fandom. I honestly could no possibly say enough good things about it. It is so filled with rich emotional meaning that each word resonates some new insight into these characters. The story draws a portrait of this brotherly relationship over the years and perfectly captures every element of their story. It's a tragedy, the two boys circling each other and making the same mistakes over and over and over again.

If you choose to read, you'll quickly notice the unique structure this story takes. The author uses the running columns to show the paralleling nature of each brother's life, where they diverge and reconvene. This is really two stories, but neither is complete without the other.

an excerpt )


History Repeating
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28th-Jul-2011 11:56 pm the lonely cool before dawn by irishmizzy (pg13)
Fandom: The Vampire Diaries
Pairing: Stefan/Elena
Length: 7100 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] irishmizzy
Author Website journal's fanfic tag
Why this must be read:

A road trip fic like no other, this is one of my favorite stories in the fandom. It captures a perfect quiet mood throughout, giving us a Stefan & Elena who are miserable and scared and tired and playful and in love all at the same time. The best part about the story is it's attention to detail that adds a layer of realism. Whether these two are fighting over the radio or playing the liscence plate game or stopping to see the world's biggest ball of twine, it always just feels like what two people on a road trip would really feel like. It captures a mood of day-to-day tediousness without the story ever staggering under its weight.

Of course, it's not just a road trip; they are on the run from Klaus. Elena's emotional struggle is quite well done, especially her guilt at leaving so many people behind and how she wishes she could stay to fight while they all ran away. And Stefan as her silent support throughout. A brilliant look at these characters and their relationship.

Also, there's line-dancing.

an excerpt )

the lonely cool before dawn
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26th-Jul-2011 08:13 pm and the world spins madly on by youcallitwinter (pg13)
Fandom: The Vampire Diaries
Pairing: Damon/Elena (Stefan/Elena)
Length 380 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] youcallitwinter
Author Website journal's fanfic tag
Why this must be read: To say that this short story packs an emotional punch is the understatement of the century. I remember first seeing it pop up during a ficathon. Within the hour I had memorized which comment page it was on so that I could reread it whenever I checked back. This story makes me ache for these characters, for Elena and for Damon and for the silent ghost of Stefan always between them. It paints the relationship in such a believable way, as a recurring tragedy of lost chances and false starts.


and the world spins madly on
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25th-Jul-2011 07:44 pm you left a bloodstain on the floor by amoenavi (pg13)
Fandom: The Vampire Diaries
Pairing: Stefan (some Stefan/Elena)
Length: 340
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] amoenavi
Author Website [livejournal.com profile] theweightofus
Why this must be read: [livejournal.com profile] amoenavi does the best Stefan PoVs I've ever read. This story, in particular, is incredibly poignant because of where our boy was left in the finale. The world needs more dark!Stefan fic. It's a short one, but each sentence feels like a whole story in itself.

you left a bloodstain on the floor
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24th-Jul-2011 12:25 am like a rope gone slack (pg) by hazyflights
Fandom: The Vampire Diaries
Pairing: Stefan/Bonnie
Length: 2300
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] hazyflights
Author Website fanfic tag
Why this must be read:

This is not a ship I would ever seek out, nor one that I'd ever really considered in all seriousness, but this story is brilliant enough to make me think that this might a massive oversight on my part. I read it because I was so starved for Bonnie-fic that I would read anything and this story delivers. It's almost eerie the way Bonnie & Stefan seem to be pulled together, years after Elena has moved on to her human life. It connects them as two supernatural beings, two people who can't move on or escape the darkness of the world around them. Beautiful, almost lyrical writing.

An Excerpt:

Bonnie thinks good evil, black white, but knows it doesn't work like that. Wishes it really could be that simple. That clean. This is you and this is me and I am right and you are wrong and that is that.

Stefan knows the feeling.


like a rope gone slack
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20th-Jul-2011 04:34 pm It'll All Be Yesteryear Soon (r) by stainofmylove
Fandom: The Vampire Diaries
Pairing: Damon/Katherine
Length: 1255 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] stainofmylove
Author Website: [livejournal.com profile] girljustdied (writing journal)
Why this must be read: A painful and unapolegetic look at the human!Damon-Katherine relationship. Violent, but gripping and intimate. One of the best Katherine PoV's I've ever read.

An Excerpt

“You should try to explain your reasons for deserting to Giuseppe.” She idly wishes she could have had a sort of last word with her father. Clawed at his face, let him know she’d never forgive his betrayal. “He’s growing old, you know, I doubt you’d want him to die without—”

“I don’t owe him anything,” he’s petulant, eyes pleading with her to take back her request. “I don’t need anything from him anymore, I’m through with that. I’ve moved on.”

Yes, surely. Onto her. Now she is the father. It’s strangely intoxicating.



It'll All Be Yesteryear Soon
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19th-Jul-2011 09:12 pm When will I feel soft by empressearwig (pg13)
Fandom: The Vampire Diaries
Pairing: Jenna (Jenna/Logan, Jenna/John)
Length: about 4500 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] empressearwig
Author Website [livejournal.com profile] earwigfic
Why this must be read:

Jenna fic. Honestly, do I need to say anything more than that this is an entire story just about Jenna? It follows her from a young age until Miranda and Grayson's funeral. A wonderful character piece that fleshes Jenna out into this fascinating, fully-developed character. She fights with her mom and loves her sister (most of the time) and keeps dating assholes and is desperate to escape Mystic Falls with all it's small town pagentry and gossip. Stories like this really make me mourn the tragedy that we didn't get to see more of Jenna when she was on the show.

an excerpt )

When will I feel soft
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14th-Jul-2011 02:37 pm All the Same to Me by silviakundera (pg)
Fandom: The Vampire Diaries
Pairing: Stefan/Elena/Damon OT3
Length: 3100 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] silviakundera
Author Website Fanfic Masterpost
Why this must be read:

Maybe it's just that I take my show very seriously, but I find that funny fic is particularly hard to come by in this fandom. In that, this story stands out as a gem of hilarity and brilliance. The plot is essentially Damon running for mayor of Mystic Falls and Stefan being reluctantly pulled in to help. Never fails to make me giggle. It's got a very well-done Stefan PoV, sharp and insightful and mildly annoyed throughout. This is the fic I usually recommend for people who are interested in the OT3, but don't want to read porn. It's delightfully general, nothing more than some short kisses and casual touching between the three.

an excerpt )

all the same to me
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13th-Jul-2011 04:06 pm Instinct by scorpiod1 (nc17)
Fandom: The Vampire Diaries
Pairing: Stefan/Elena (vampire!Elena)
Length: 2300
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] scorpiod1
Author Website fanfic masterlist
Why this must be read:

Stefan and the newly-vampired Elena play a game of hunter-prey to keep their predatory instincts at bay. This is Stefan-Elena as we've never seen them before. They are violent, rough, vicious, and blood-thirsty. But this is also the Stefan-Elena that we know so well. They love each other completely, accepting even the darkest parts of the other. They adapt to challenges, find ways to overcome problems together. Elena is struggling with her new bloodlust, so Stefan finds a way to help her cope and ends up helping himself as well. They are passionate and loving and painfully honest. I particularly love how well the author depicts Elena struggling with her newly heightened emotions and senses.

An Excerpt: It started as a way to calm her down, to center her, because everything is amplified now and her mind is screaming every minute; it feels like there are too many emotions for her body to contain, constantly trying to explode out of her skin with vicious, gnawing hunger always closest to the surface and it’s simply too much. And then Stefan grabbed her by the shoulders and told her he was going to run and she was going to chase him.

It was the single most beautiful solution in the world, made perfect sense on a level she couldn’t explain and when he blurred into the forest, she took off after him on pure instinct.


Instinct
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12th-Jul-2011 07:20 pm Winter Lives in My Bones by opheliahyde (pg13)
Fandom: The Vampire Diaries
Pairing: Jeremy/Anna/Vikki (Jeremy/Anna, Jeremy/Vikki, Anna/Vikki)
Length: 1200 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] opheliahjyde
Author Website [livejournal.com profile] roomwithoutsoul
Why this must be read:

Second season ended with Jeremy waking in the middle of the night and finding himself accompanied by two ghosts -- Anna & Vikki. Since we were left with that tantalizing cliffhanger, some fic was needed to fill the void. This one is easily my favorite. It doesn't attempt to explain the how or the why of their return; it just shows the impact they have on Jeremy. It's a bit of a darker take -- Jeremy, who carries death in his wake, is now literally haunted by the ghosts of the women he loved, the ghosts he can never escape. Beautiful writing and wonderful insight into Jeremy's mindset.

An Excerpt: Jeremy doesn’t tell anyone (there’s no one to listen when Elena takes off with Damon and Alaric was just rebuilding a life for them, and Bonnie wouldn’t listen, mouth firm and set, so sure of her ancestor’s allegiance) and he doesn’t go anywhere because they’ll follow, tugging him back where it’s just the three of them. He thinks, for the first time (past vampires, werewolves and witches), that he might be going crazy.

winter lives in my bones
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11th-Jul-2011 07:19 pm Too Restless to Unwind by summerstorm (nc17)
Fandom: The Vampire Diaries
Pairing: Stefan/Damon
Length 3900 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] summerstorm
Author Website journal's fanfic tag
Why this must be read:

Because it's hot. Like really, really, really hot. But if porn isn't a good enough reason, the characterization is also fantastic. The story is set up as a missing scene from 2x01, before Damon has gone to see Elena and kill Jeremy, he tells Stefan about his run-in with Katherine. I love how Stefan looks at his brother, how he wants so badly to help Damon but really doesn't know how, doesn't know if Damon even deserves help. The author draws a picture of Damon who is at his most vulnerable, at his most open, at his most desperate and needy. It's the kind of story that can really only exist if it happens immediately after Katherine broke him in 2x01 because he really isn't ever this emotional again.

excerpt )

too restless to unwind
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6th-Jul-2011 11:21 pm Pathetic Fallacy by vega_ofthe_lyre (pg)
Fandom: The Vampire Diaries
Pairing: Damon & Elena
Length 1462 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] vega_ofthe_lyre
Author Website [livejournal.com profile] vega_writes
Why this must be read: Like any proper S/E shipper, I'm a sucker for Damon-Elena friendship fic, especially when it's extra snarky. This one gets bonus points for incorporating Macbeth readings. Short, but really a lot of fun with some nice characterization.

Excerpt: Elena explains. "You only pull out the fog when you're in a really bad mood," she says, "or you feel like we've forgotten that you're a big dangerous vampire and you think we need to be reminded of that fact. We get it, you know. You're terrifying. Fog, ooh, scary."

Pathetic Fallacy
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4th-Jul-2011 01:03 pm You Desired My Attention (But Denied My Affection) by lit_chick08 (pg13)
Fandom: The Vampire Diaries
Pairing: Human!Stefan/Katherine
Length: 2000 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] lit_chick08
Author Website fic masterlist
Why this must be read:

What makes this story unique is it's careful acknowledgment of the time it takes place in. Stefan is a young man in 1864. He wants to court Katherine (not date her). He worries about the propriety of their relationship and thinks they should have a chaperone when they are alone together. He knows little of sex, other than a hazy idea of what goes on between married couples. He's so naive and noble, worrying about whether his father will consent to their marriage and how the gossip will affect Katherine's reputation. And, as Stefan is holding so firmly to the social laws that govern them, Katherine defies them all.

Excerpt: Stefan is smitten. He is not the only one. George Lockwood circles her with a predator’s grace; Adam Gilbert runs to fetch her anything she requests; William and Wyatt Forbes practically trip over each other in their hurry to gain her attention. Stefan has never courted a girl before and he has certainly never fought for a girl’s favor; that is Damon’s specialty.


You Desired My Attention (But Denied My Affection)
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1st-Jul-2011 07:39 pm Life in Plastic by unoshot (pg13)
Hello, everyone! I'll be driving The Vampire Diaries van this month and I am very excited about getting to share some of my favorite fics. I ship Stefan/Elena more than I breathe, but I tried for an even spread in characters and ships. There should be something for everyone.

Fandom: The Vampire Diaries
Pairing: Caroline (Stefan, Matt, Damon, Elena, Liz)
Length 3700 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] unoshot
Author Website fic masterlist
Why this must be read:

Caroline Forbes was undeniably the break-out star of second season and this story captures all the many pieces of her -- the neurotic control freak, the bloodthirsty killer, the insecure teenage girl. It gives great insight into Caroline's life and friendships in the latter half of second season (when, sadly, the narrative left her behind a bit). All the voices are pitch-perfect and each relationship (particularly the Caroline-Elena and Caroline-Damon) feels so utterly real.

an excerpt )

Life in Plastic
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27th-Feb-2011 11:35 pm Push It by scy (NC-17)
Fandom: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
Pairing: Damon/Jeremy (Jeremy POV)
Length: 25k
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] transtempts
Author Website: Archive of Our Own Account
Why this must be read:
Jeremy is a dumb teenaged boy searching for something. Damon is covered in warning labels, and will repeatedly let you know that you have to make a choice. (You know you're crawling into your own web, don't you?) Scy does a great job with Damon's hints of psychopathy, with just enough glimmers of humanity to keep you fascinated. Jeremy is going through the process of re-evaluating everything he knows, and Damon's mix of lack of concern and continual challenge provide an odd sort of focus.

I should note that there's D/s and some S/M. It's consensual, but the boundaries aren't the firmest ever.

“You're looking for comfort in the wrong place, kid.”

“You told me that already,” Jeremy said. “It’s not going to scare me off.”

“Is that what you think? That I’m trying to save you from yourself?” Damon asked. He shifted and cupped Jeremy’s head with one hand, fingers scratching at the nape of his neck. “Why should I care?”.


Dreamwidth
Archive of Our Own
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27th-Feb-2011 09:28 pm See Us All As Lonely Fires by omfgsh (PG)
Fandom: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
Character: Bonnie
Length: 1400 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] omfgsh
Author Website: [livejournal.com profile] killthefreshmen
Why this must be read:
So I know I've already recced one fic centering on Bonnie's state of mind and relationships post Gram's death, but I really love them both. (I also suggest checking out this author's other work - I played around with the idea of reccing one of her others, but kept on coming back to this.)

Aside from the author's grasp on Bonnie's character, this fic's strength lies in its beautiful language.

At first, Elena calls every day. Bonnie can tell even before her phone goes off, not because of her powers but because Bonnie knows Elena, a sixth sense grown out of a childhood constantly spent together. That should be a comfort, she tells herself, something familiar, except that’s not hers anymore either – not since Stefan snatched it for himself with his stories of cruel vampire girls and kindly witches.

see us all as lonely fires
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27th-Feb-2011 02:08 am The Pros and Cons of Sparkling by law_like_love (G)
Fandom: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
Pairing: Caroline and Stefan (gen)
Length: 704 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] law_like_love
Author Website: Fic Masterlist
Why this must be read:
Adorable Caroline and Stefan friendship fic. There can never be enough of these. This makes me smile everytime I read it.

I guess I should note that this fic was written in response to a prompt I left, but I wouldn't rec anything I didn't feel confident in. And this is one of those ones that brightens my day.

The Pros and Cons of Sparkling
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