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30th-May-2012 06:07 pm ART REC: "Hook Them All Up" by engelen (PG-13)
Pairing: Britta/Jeff, Annie/Troy, Annie/Jeff, Britta/Abed, Annie/Abed, Shirley/Jeff, Shirley/Troy, Shirley/Abed, Britta/Troy, Abed/Jeff, Troy/Abed, Annie/Britta, Jeff/Troy
Author on LJ: [ profile] engelen
Why this must be read: I thought I'd close out the month with a fanart project hooking up the entire study group (minus Pierce) in every combination possible. It's a truly impressive series of artwork, featuring some rare pairings alongside the Community fandom big hitters, and every picture (and ship represented) is just perfectly done.

Hook Them All Up: Love For All Community Ships
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28th-May-2012 08:16 am "Mandatory Futures in Make Believe" by cereal (PG-13)
Pairing: Britta/Jeff, Ensemble
Length: 4021 words
Author on LJ: [ profile] cereal
Why this must be read: This story is flippantly hilarious, sweetly disfunctional, and the Jeff and Britta dynamic here captures them at their argumentative best. Basically, the study group takes a parenting class, and chaos and comedy ensue.

"Troy, you're with Abed. Annie -- you want to be a single mom? Done. Britta, you're with me, Shirley and Pierce -- pick your parents." He puts his feet up on the table and reaches for his phone.

Britta waits for the chorus of disagreement, but it doesn't come.

"You guys, you're all OK with this? Troy, you're OK with being Abed's boyfriend?"

Troy leans back in his chair, "You did not just insult my better half like that."

Mandatory Futures in Make Believe
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25th-May-2012 07:53 pm "analysis of the modern hero" by austen (PG-13)
Pairing: Ensemble
Length: ~1900 words
Author on LJ: [ profile] austen
Why this must be read: This is a short and funny superhero AU, where the gang ends up with Misfits-style superpowers and awesomeness ensues. Basically, if you've ever wanted Jeff to have the ability to seduce people by touching them, this story is for you.

analysis of the modern hero
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21st-May-2012 11:33 pm "Three Men and a Baby Minus a Man" by Marks (G)
Pairing: Troy/Abed
Length: 595 words
Author's Website: At AO3
Why this must be read: This story ties in so perfectly with the tag from "Digital Estate Planning" that it's almost hard to believe it was written a couple years ago. As the summary succinctly explains: "Abed finds a little bundle of joy on his doorstep. A montage happens." This short story is adorable, funny, and very Troy and Abed.

"Did you call the police and tell them that you found a baby?" Troy asks as soon as Abed stops singing to the baby in Polish.

"Yes, and they'll be here soon." Abed hands the baby off to Troy. "So do you want to have a three men and a baby montage with one less man while we wait? Or we can call Jeff, your choice."

The idea of Jeff and a baby is even more ridiculous than Abed with one. "Let's do this alone."

"Awesome. I'd high five you, but my hands are kind of full."

Three Men and a Baby Minus a Man
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19th-May-2012 09:55 am "Home" by dearygirl (PG-13)
Pairing: Annie/Jeff, Ensemble
Length: ~25k words
Author on LJ: [ profile] dearygirl
Why this must be read: Dearygirl is one of the best writers of Jeff/Annie out there, and this story is my favorite from her - a long, flashback-y story that follows the entire study group through to their graduation four years later, after Annie transfers away from Greendale to a different college. It builds up to a mature and thoughtful look at a relationship between Jeff and Annie, with copious amounts of study group love and interaction and humor throughout.

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15th-May-2012 07:47 pm "Riddle and Rhyme (The Yellow Brick Road remix)" by htbthomas (PG)
Pairing: Ensemble
Length: 5559 words
Author on LJ: [ profile] htbthomas
Author's Website: At LJ, At AO3
Why this must be read: This story reads exactly like one of the show's parody episodes. Britta bumps her head in the library and ends up as Dorothy in the Wizard of Greendalia, traveling to the Emerald College and hilariously meeting up with everybody you'd expect, in just the perfect roles (because of course the Dean would be obsessed with Britta's shoes).

Riddle and Rhyme (The Yellow Brick Road remix)
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12th-May-2012 08:17 am "romantic expressionism, or, this is why orgies get so weird so fast" by ohladybegood (PG-13)
Pairing: Abed/Troy, Shirley/Pierce, Annie/Britta, Jeff/Abed, Annie/Jeff
Length: ~1500 words
Author on LJ: [ profile] ohladybegood
Why this must be read: This story spins off of the season one episode "Romantic Expressionism" (with the infamous glances-around-the-study-room-table scene) to show us short scenes from five relationships that might have been after that episode. I think my favorite here is the conversation between Jeff and Abed - it captures their friendship in the show (and Abed's peculiar sense of relationships) just perfectly, and is a pairing you pretty much never see written. There's some lovely Jeff/Annie and Abed/Troy as well (two ships that have only grown in popularity since then), an uncommonly bittersweet and thoughtful look at Annie/Britta, and even some Shirley/Pierce (!) to round the whole thing out.

romantic expressionism, or, this is why orgies get so weird so fast
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8th-May-2012 10:05 pm "Creative (Non)Fiction" by freneticfloetry (PG)
Pairing: Ensemble
Length: 2729 words
Author's Website: At AO3
Why this must be read: For the last several years, Yuletide has produced some amazing Community fanfiction. This story finds Abed writing fanfiction about the group (I know!), and hilariously plays around with different genres in the process. What makes me really adore this story, however, is the way that, in the end, all the meta-humor culminates in a sweet and real scene of friendship between Shirley and Abed.

Creative (Non)Fiction
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5th-May-2012 07:05 am "El Tango de Sexual Tension" by dollsome (PG)
Pairing: Britta/Troy, Ensemble
Length: 550 words
Author on LJ: [ profile] dollsome
Author's Website: At LJ, At AO3
Why this must be read: This short little story features pitch-perfect character voices and humor as the study group watches Troy and Britta during their climatic dance scene together in the season one episode "Interpretive Dance".

"Sexy," Jeff says dully. "For some reason, this is--"

"Sexy," Pierce says, with a great deal more zest. And some pervy old man chuckles.

"I feel like I'm watching Twilight," Shirley marvels. From between her fingers, like watching the display head on will result in corneal damage.

El Tango de Sexual Tension
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1st-May-2012 05:28 pm "Housewarming" by thingswithwings (NC-17)
Hi all! My name is [ profile] blithers and I'll be driving the van for the Community fandom this month. I'm a OT7 shipper - I love all of the study group - so I'll be sharing recs with an emphasis on the ensemble cast and a variety of pairings. Enjoy!

Pairing: Troy/Annie/Abed
Length: 10949 words
Author's Website: At AO3
Why this must be read: Because it's sweet and honest and totally hot, all at the same time. (And because these three living in an apartment together has been, in my opinion, one of the best decisions made in season three.) This is a threesome written with a rare blend of innocence and sexiness, with pure joy and love for the characters, and a bonus recipe for homemade pumpkin pie included at the end.

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30th-Mar-2012 03:51 pm VID REC: COMMUNITY - United States of Pop
Vidder: Lenka
Musical artist: DJ Earworm
Pairing: Gen (ensemble)
Vidder on LJ: [ profile] llenka
Vidder's website: Youtube page
Why this vid kicks ass:

This vid is basically a celebration of how awesome Community is. It's upbeat and fun, with the fast-paced editing that I find particulary appealing in vidding.

United States of Pop
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26th-Mar-2012 09:21 pm Ancient Artifacts and Modern Rituals by Clio (general audiences)
Pairing: Gen (ensemble)
Length: 4780 words
Author on LJ: Unknown
Author Website: AO3 account
Why this must be read:

This is a Vacation Episode fic! Clio takes a sitcom premise as described on TV Tropes and runs with it, taking the study group outside of Greendale and environs and dropping them in New York City. This is an ensemble fic of the highest order, giving each character screen time and interweaving their storylines (which of course intersect in interesting ways!). The characterization in this story is great; I particularly enjoyed how Britta is portrayed. If you're looking for a fun read, this is for you.

Ancient Artifacts and Modern Rituals
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15th-Mar-2012 01:43 pm Community/Doctor Who (teen)
Title: some companions the doctor never had (but he probably should've) - part two, by thingswithwings
Pairing: Troy/Abed/Ace, Troy/Abed
Author on LJ: [ profile] thingswithwings
Author Website: Fanworks Masterpost
Why this must be read:

As the title suggests, this story is part of a series (and the series, in fact, is incomplete). The different installments stand alone, though, so I'm only reccing the relevant Community crossover!

This fic has the rather delightful and unique premise that Troy and Abed sort of live in the TARDIS when they're asleep back at Greendale. While there they befriend Ace, a companion from the Classic Who era, and the three of them explore the TARDIS and make pillow forts and watch odd Gallifreyan films. Why wouldn't you want to read that?

some companions the doctor never had (but he probably should've) - part two
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10th-Mar-2012 04:35 pm The High School After High School by Neigedens (teen)
Pairing: Troy/Abed, ensemble
Length: ~16K
Author on LJ: [ profile] neigedens
Author Website: On AO3
Why this must be read:

I knew I was going to rec one of Neigedens' fics this month, because they're always well written, interesting, and in tone with the show. I settled for this one. One reason is that I wanted to give you guys a longer story to really sink your teeth into! My other recs this month are all under ten thousand words.

The other, more important reason that I chose this fic is the plot. There's the study group shenanigans that we all know and love, and also a dash of action and intrigue. A short summary, in the author's words: Abed's almost positive that Troy's been kidnapped, but the first hurdle, of course, is always convincing others to see what's right in front of their eyes.

The High School After High School
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1st-Mar-2012 08:26 pm Our Height Against the Wall by Hallways (general audiences)
Hello, and welcome to Community on the Crack Van! This is a great month to have Community back in the rotation, since the show is back from hiatus on March 15th. Hopefully my recs will whet fandom's appetite for those wacky Greendale Human Beings!

Pairing: Gen (Troy, Annie)
Length: ~1100 words
Author on LJ: [ profile] hallways
Author Website: I could only find the one fic by this author
Why this must be read:

Okay, so maybe this isn't the most wacky of my recs for this month. Do you like introspective pieces? How about stories that deal with Troy and Annie's history? Then this might be the fic for you. This is a short and sweet piece that touches on the journey Troy and Annie have taken from who they were in high school to who the are in college.

Our Height Against the Wall
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26th-Jun-2011 06:09 pm VID REC: Sex and Reruns by Greensilver
Musical artist: Matt Duke
Character(s): Ensemble
Vidder on LJ: [ profile] greensilver
Vidder's website: on LJ | on DW
Why you should watch this vid: Because it is fabulous. Community is a lot of things, but at the heart of the show is this deeply weird collection of people who've somehow formed real relationships with each other. And for all the meta and homages and hijinks, those relationships are the real story of Greendale. I don't know how, but [ profile] greensilver has managed to totally encapsulate that here, with brilliant use of the faculty and minor characters as well.

Sex & Reruns
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25th-Jun-2011 08:38 pm Lee Jordan and the Magnetic Attitude by nicodemusfleur (G) Community/Harry Potter
(It turns out when I schedule posts in Semagic, I should check to make sure they're *actually* scheduled. Apologies for the very late crossover!)

Pairing: None
Length: 4k
Author on LJ: [ profile] nicodemusfleur
Author Website: on LJ
Why this must be read:
Nicodemusfleur takes one of the interesting real-world facts about the Community cast - that Magnitude, a minor s2 character, is played by the same actor who played Lee Jordan in the Harry Potter movies - and spins it out into an imaginative and entertaining bridge between the two fictional worlds. Because both Magnitude and Lee are relatively ambiguous characters in their respective stories, there's a wealth of detail to be invented, both in the story and in writing it. Don't be surprised if you come out of this fic with new headcanon for both fandoms.

Lee Jordan and the Magnetic Attitude
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15th-Jun-2011 08:45 am automated daydreaming by loveyouallwrong
Pairing: Abed/Troy
Length: 2k
Author on LJ: n/a
Author Website: on AO3
Why this must be read:
One of the greatest joys of the show is the relationship between Abed and Troy, how they've gone from acquaintances to BFF, and here loveyouallwrong takes their closeness to a realistic romantic conclusion as they work together on one of Duncan's ill-advised anthropology projects. The rest of the group devolves into full-on bickering and insanity, while Abed and Troy's shared weirdness somehow makes them the most normal of all.

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automated daydreaming
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7th-Jun-2011 09:22 am Fundamentals of Chemistry by fearlessfan
Pairing: Troy/Annie
Length: 6K
Author on LJ: [ profile] fearlessfan
Author Website: on LJ; on AO3
Why this must be read:
When the show premiered, one of the big relationships they started with was Troy and Annie, who went to high school together but on very different ends of the social spectrum. Annie's unrequited crush on Troy was fodder for some of her earliest character development, and his as well, as he moved from clueless jock to clueless geek!jock (and Abed BFF). I love this fic because it's a fantastic take on Annie's determination to get over that crush while he's finally waking up to the idea, as well as a showcase for wonderful voices from the rest of the group.

Fundamentals of Chemistry on AO3 and on LJ
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1st-Jun-2011 06:52 pm nothing to say but the things i know by Cereal (R)
Pairing: Jeff/Britta
Length: 8k
Author on LJ: [ profile] cereal
Author Website: Tagged on LJ
Why this must be read:

This is one of the first fics I read for Community and the one I return to most often. It was written during the first season's winter hiatus, when some of the character dynamics still hadn't quite gelled, but [ profile] cereal has a deft hand at filling in even the barest of sketches. Well, and it helps that it combines two of the tropes I love best: roommates and fake dating.

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nothing to say but the things i know
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1st-Jun-2011 06:22 pm OVERVIEW: Community
Hi! I'm [ profile] ishie and I'm driving the Community fried chicken space simulator this month. Since this is the first time for this particular fandom on [ profile] crack_van, we'll get some of the basics out of the way first. So man the biscuit thrusters and let's get going!

Fandom overview )
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