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17 January 2009 @ 05:00 pm
My Five Favourite Rare Slash Pairing Fics  
When compiling my favourite fics from this year I discovered a number that aren’t common pairings: Xander/Oz, Riley/Graham, Xander/Connor and Xander/Larry. It turns out these fics were written by two of my favourite authors (who always impress me): mireille719 and reremouse. I feel these two should be showered with love and admiration for their fantastic work!

1. mireille719 - Variations on a Five-Paragraph Theme, Xander/Oz, Teen. If at first you don't succeed... Set in an AU in which Willow/Oz never happened. This story is indeed written as “variations on a five-paragraph theme” and wow, it works so well! mireille719 is really successfully at experimenting with different fic formats and this is a truly awesome example of that. It’s very impressive how well she utilizes the format to add layers of meaning to the story. A wonderful and original fic.

2. reremouse - At Ease, Riley/Graham, Teen. Maple doughnuts, post limb-loss, a homeless vet and the persistence of getting up again. This is a pairing I had previously never thought about, and this fic sells me on it so much that I’m hoping reremouse will write more Riley/Graham fics. The fic does such a great job with the characterization and really gets to the heart of who these guys are, even though they've gone through a lot over the post-Sunnydale years. I love how Riley's still this really decent and caring guy who tries hard, and has a dorky sense of humour; and how Graham still has this quiet stoic loyalty despite what he may be going through. It's also such a poignant story about these guys trying to figure out what do to now that they no longer have missions and orders to follow. And I just love how there's so much that goes unsaid in this fic, running just under the surface - which is so perfect for these two.

3. reremouse - Islands Beyond the Ordinary, Xander/Connor, Mature. Weird, wig, trees, sand, memory loss in paradise, little explanation. I know that reremouse write Xander really well (she has his voice down) but this story reveals that she also rocks at writing Connor! This is such a fun and sexy pairing that I wish was written more often, and this fic is a great argument for why. There's such a fantastic flow to the story; it feels like we're rolling along a wave with them. And the banter throughout is fantastic. Plus there’s a Godotesque sequence that’s just brilliant!

4. mireille719 - The Most Surprising Thing, Xander/Larry, Teen. The thing was, he didn't like Larry all that much. mireille719 is one of the authors who convinced me that Xander/Larry is a pairing I love to read, and this seemingly simple fic is a great example why it’s an awesome pairing. It’s written as five 100 word drabbles. I love how each part builds on the "The thing was..." and how each part's sentence altered – it’s a wonderful progression and a wonderful fic!

5. reremouse - Untitled Xander/Larry, Xander/Larry, Mature. A boy. Another boy. A high school. Heaping helpings of denial. reremouse is the other author who convinced me that Xander/Larry rocks. This is a WIP I love and am always excited when there’s a new part. This fic is so sweet and awkward and tentative and, well, let's face it, adorable (but still in a manly teenage boy way of course)! I love the banter and how well everyone (Scoobies, Larry and Xander) are written. An awesome fic!
yourlibrarian: AnyaTop5-kathyhyourlibrarian on January 17th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
You've done well on the rare pairings -- our first Riley/Graham!
cordelianne: Rileycordelianne on January 18th, 2009 04:28 am (UTC)
Aha! Success! It was neat to discover that a couple of my favourite authors had written so many rare pairings. And those are the kinds of fic I love to promote cause they often don't attract as many readers. :D
Denitamenomegirl on January 18th, 2009 02:32 am (UTC)
Yay! for a Riley rec. Also, I love your icon.

Thank you for the lovely recs.
cordelianne: Rileycordelianne on January 18th, 2009 04:34 am (UTC)
Oh yay, it's great to hear that you're excited by a Riley rec. It's a wonderful fic that had me wondering why I hadn't been reading more Riley, and why isn't there more Riley/Graham?!

Oh, I love the icon too! It's by the supremely talented katekat1010. Hmm, now I'm pondering a top 5 icons post! :D