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Not Your Average Zutara Fic Rec

So I’ve gone through a LOT of Zutara fanfiction, probably too much if I’m being honest, and finding good fics can be really hard. When looking up fic rec lists I’ve noticed that a lot of the lists are just the same select fanfictions recommended over and over (We get it, everyone and their mother loves ‘His Majesty Prefers Blue’ and ‘Stormbenders’ [I never finished HMPB, sue me]). 

So this list is for all of you who are in my shoes and can’t seem to find anything besides the same ten or fifteen stories recommended and are desperate for something new. Everything listed is complete! (If I listed the incompletes/abandoned stories I’d have a lot more chaptered stories listed… RIP ‘The Confrontational Approach’…) 

I have a lot of bookmarked stories that I have yet to read and am in the middle of (Almost caught up on @firelordandlady ‘s ‘Say Anything’!), so I’ll try to update this when I finish something I think deserves a recommendation. 

Chaptered

In the Same Candlelight by Like a Dove

In a world where there is no war, Zuko and Katara spend their summers together. Growing up is messy, embarrassing, and at times sad, but they think it might be okay because they have each other. Edited summary.

I know. I KNOW. I LITERALLY JUST SAID I WASN’T GOING TO RECOMMEND FANFICS THAT ARE ON EVERYONE’S LIST. But I NEED to mention this one. I spent so long not interested in this fic. I don’t like drastic AU’s, or modern AU’s. My taste is strictly canon divergence, so I didn’t think I would like this. I WAS SO WRONG. Trust me, if you are like me and don’t like big AU’s, read this anyway. I promise, you won’t be disappointed. Characterization is still so spot on, even with such a different take. Aang is precious. There is nothing but fluff, fluff, and fluff. It will melt you. You will probably die and your spirit will rise up smiling and beaming out rainbows and sunshine. That’s what happened to me. 

Lilacs and Lily Pads by sadladybug

A tale of clumsy courtship and calamitous court weddings, featuring awkward family encounters, floral mishaps, cultural complications, and good old fashioned fluff and conflict. Takes place in the five years following war’s end. For Zutara Week 2016. A prequel to Bones.

Clothe Me in Seasons, Dress Me in Snow is a very commonly recommended Zutara fic (And for good reason, I shed many tears reading it). But this two-shot (A companion to Bones, a smut one shot) by the same author is really underrated and beautifully written. It follows Zuko and Katara as they try to plan their wedding, as well as shows two scenes from before they got engaged that solidified the relationship to be one they knew would last. Just really well done overall and very very sweet. 

EDIT: I talked with the author and apparently it isn’t finished?? But they are apparently working on the next chapters so yay!! And each chapter is independent so it doesn’t feel unfinished.  

The Slow Path by Tazainian Devil

Eight years after the fall of Ozai, Aang returns to the friends he left behind - Taang, Zutara, Sukka

This is technically a Taang fic, and if I’m being honest I kind of just skimmed through the non-zutara chapters, but the Zutara storyline was good enough that I think it’s definitely worth the read. And the overall plot has a great premise. Be warned, it has a sequel that was never finished. 

Another Word For Alchemy by FanPanda13

Five years have passed since the Avatar defeated Fire Lord Ozai, and the members of the Gaang have all gone in their own direction. But when Aang invites them all to a Peace Summit at the North Pole and tells them of his new project, for which he will need their support, the group comes together again for adventure, fun and romance. AU. Zutara. COMPLETE.

So this fic is crazy for me. At first, it started as just really good natured fluff. The writing wasn’t anything fantastic (Although I loved how it broke the 4th wall and didn’t take itself seriously), and there were some definite OOC moments. But I had so much FUN with it. The plot (while definitely not the focus as everyone is more concerned about when Zuko and Katara will get together) was interesting, and there were some really sweet moments. It was also HILARIOUS and I had multiple moments where I genuinely laughed out loud. But then about five chapters before the end, the quality SKY ROCKETED. As the plot and mystery come together, the characters all come together in a moment that truly feels like it came from the show. Even the writing quality increases by a lot and I was genuinely shocked and impressed. Definitely recommend. 

Kyoshi Hold ‘Em by cupid-painted-blind

When a blizzard shuts down the fourth annual Peace Summit, the group has to find some way to pass the time. /Zutara, Taang, Jet/Mai, Jet/Everyone, Sukka

If you’re looking for a good crack fic, look no further. It’s post war and utter nonsense. Jet is alive for some reason??? No one questions it and he’s shipped with pretty much everyone. It’s funny, it’s decently written, there are drinking and sexy time shenanigans, and overall just lighthearted. Also, it does a great job of being a crack fic without crossing the line and becoming unfunny and just a trash fic. A lot struggle to find the balance and resort to going over the top and ridiculous, but this one does a really good job. 

Come With Me by Steamboat Ghost

Coauthored by fuzzytomato. Troubled over his newly restored honor, Zuko finds solace in the familiar guise of the Blue Spirit. In a chance meeting with the Painted Lady, a friendship is forged as the two heroes seek to help the Fire Nation’s neglected.

I’ll admit it: I’ve never gotten into Blutara fanfictions. I only read the first couple chapters of HMPB and dropped it after the tree scene. I don’t know, it felt really OOC for me and I may go back and read it again just because EVERYONE raves about it, but IDK. I’ve never been a huge Blutara fan because while I love the concept, I’d much rather see the Painted Lady and the Blue Spirit come together as equals. Most fics present Zuko behind his mask to Katara, and it feels imbalanced. There aren’t a lot of stories where we see their alter persona’s come together even though that’s the entire point of the parallel between the two. Insert this fic. I only wish there was a sequel dealing with Zuko in the Gaang after these events. Hey, a girl can dream. 

A Zutara Story Anastasia by LastSunset

Katara, the only suviving waterbender of the Southern Water Tribe, joins two con men, Zuko and Iroh, while a fearful admiral chases for her death. A Zutara Story. Based on the movie Anastasia.

So this isn’t so much a retelling of Anastasia but with Katara and Zuko as it is a fanfic version of the movie but with the characters names and world changed. It takes a lot of lines from the movie. But WHO CARES? It’s Anastasia and Zutara!!! What more do you need??? 

Oneshot

this burden you bear by cowlicklesschick

Word travels, and war stories will be told round campfires and on freighter ships until every person in the world knows what Master Katara did for the new Fire Lord. She fights the burning in her throat at the thought of people knowing why she had to heal him in the first place. Post-war Zutara.

This is an angst-with-a-happy-ending, which I say is the absolute BEST type of angst. Katara deals with the guilt of what Zuko did for her as the Fire Nation celebrates what she did to save his life during the Agni Kai. The two come together beautifully while struggling to see the feelings they both share. Really well written and like I said, it has a happy ending, which we all need. 

The Best of Me by Laririn-Shadow

The night before his eighteenth birthday Zuko wraps a bandage around his left wrist. He has a country to run and no time for frivolous things. It will make everything easier if he waits. Zutara Soulmates AU

Soulmate AU’s usually aren’t my thing (With the glaring exception of one Until Dawn Soulmate AU, but that’s besides the point), but I really enjoyed this oneshot. It isn’t sweeping or insanely romantic and the reveal isn’t “OMG I’VE LOVED YOU THIS WHOLE TIME” But it’s a subtle love that grows, which I really like.  

my salvation, he’s not anything by sarsaparillia

Let’s run away and start another war. — Zuko/Katara.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ What can I say? I love the ‘Let’s run away together, consequences be damned’ trope. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The Time is Ripe by Casa Circe

ZUTARA WEEK 2012 Day Seven: Seasons. There are many stages that a heart goes through before it can finally be ready for the love it was meant to have. The road is often a rocky one but eventually, it leads you home.

A oneshot for the Zutara Week 2012 prompt ‘Seasons’. Not too much to say about it. Short, sweet, and well written. What more do you need? 

Serendipity by Boriqua-chan

Iroh goes hunting for tea leaves and finds something…interesting. /Zutara week, day 1/

Secret relationships! Fluff! Happiness! And all from Uncle Iroh’s perspective!! Everything I love in one great oneshot! 

Too Close for Comfort also by Casa Circe

ZUTARA WEEK 2010 Day Three: Pain. After watching “The Ember Island Players”, no one is in the mood for teasing. But a little slip of the tongue leads to the painful realization that the play was more accurate than they were willing to admit.

There are two Zutara plots/tropes that I am a complete and utter SLUT for. The first is the ‘Let’s talk about that EIP show’ trope. This is one of my favorites. 

The Color of Truth is Red by Mrs. Pettyfer

Written for Zutara Week prompt “awkward.” Zuko and Katara discuss the Ember Island Players.

Another post EIP oneshot

Enlightenment by Blade Quill

Choices are made on the day of Zuko’s coronation, and sometimes, enlightenment is just the simple truth at hand. Zutara. AU of the final moments of the Book 3 Finale

The OTHER plot/trope I’m a slut for is finale rewrites. LET ME SEE THEM COME TOGETHER AFTER HE TAKES LIGHTNING FOR HER. Ugh, I love it. 

Framework by profoundlycan

What if in “Sozin’s Comet” Katara had come into the room instead of Mai? Zuko/Katara. Prequel to Schema.

 Another finale rewrite! Let’s just get Mai out of the picture here… 

Lightning Shocks the Heart by drunkzutarafeels

Why do our hearts remain dormant until a climactic moment makes time stand still?

And here’s yet another finale rewrite. There is a really popular Zutara gifset that someone animated of the Agni Kai ‘Thank you’ scene, but Katara kisses Zuko after she hugs him. This is the fanfiction equivalent of that gif set. 

Sunrise by lewilder

The days go on and on, and even if she feels more comfort from the moon, Katara learns to cherish the promise of each new sunrise. Zutara AU, largely finale-centric. Oneshot.

LAST FINALE AU I PROMISE. Really sweet, starts right after The Southern Raiders and goes past canon. 

all the ghosts we cannot kill (we learn to love) by raisindeatre

Zuko and Katara; the moments we didn’t see. Or: Maybe we are all somebody’s ghost. And maybe sometimes we can be more than that.

“…My quarrel has only ever been with you, Zuko,” she says, his name sharp on her tongue. “This has only ever been about me and you.”

“You’re wrong,” he rasps, his voice rough in the late afternoon sunlight that falls around them, tangles them in golden nets. “This has only ever been about me and the Avatar. Not you and me. What we hold between us has nothing to do with it.”

This is a really beautiful one-shot that follows a battered, war torn and hardened Zuko and Katara through the scenes we DIDN’T see throughout the entire show. A Zutara must-read.

Drabble Collection/Series

And Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Advocaat

A collection of humorous and crack-tastic oneshots corresponding to the days of Zutara Month

Really great Zutara Month themed drabbles, and it contains the only body swapping plot that I’ve read and really enjoyed. Also the chapters ‘Potential’ and ‘Festival’ are some of my all time favorites. 

Zuko Was No Coward by hootowl

Zuko was many things, but a coward he was not. A collection of Zutara100 prompts. Title may change.

Definitely some heartbreakers and angsty drabbles in here, but all well written and thoroughly enjoyable. If you read ANYTHING from this list, read chapter two of this drabble collection. I MELTED when I read it. It’s perfection. Aunt Wu’s prediction has always been a plotline I’ve loved in Zutara fanfiction, and this one just does it PERFECTLY. 

Zutara Week 2012 by ichilover3

A collection of oneshots inspired by the prompts for Zutara Week

Not much more to say. The first, third, and fourth prompts are my favorite from this series. 

Zutara Week 2015 by bianca_anna

It started at a tea shop and ended with forever. My entries for Zutara Week 2015. I hope you enjoy them.

Oh my GOODNESS. So they’re Zutara Week prompts, but all set in the same universe. The Zutara!Family depicted in these drabbles has become my headcanon. I’ve seen many a Zutara family, but this one is by far my FAVORITE. This is now my official family for them. I want the very last chapter fully animated because it’s so good and epic and I want more of this families adventures. 

There will be more to [Eternal Ink] Project and Ink Prison than just the story at plain sight! 

As you advance in the the game you will find short illustrated stories that will hep you understand better the characters, their motives and secrets. But finding this stories won’t be just for the pleasure of reading! No! The wiser you are, the better decision you’ll take! Maybe something you have read before will help you choose better when an important decision arises.

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[Eternal Ink]Project will be on Itchio and Gamejolt to download for free this year! So better stay tunned with us on Twitter!

Brian Epstein with George during the Paperback Writer/Rain” filming 19 May 1966 EMI Studios Photo Credit: Robert Whitaker

“George too has his moods though I cannot recall any particular row. I don’t enjoy arguments, nor do the Beatles so we avoid anything too contentious. George is remarkably easy to be with. He, like the others, has expanded as a person and though collectively—on first sight—they appear to behave alike, they have specific characteristics.

And George is the business Beatle. He is curious about money and wants to know how much is coming in and how and what best to do with it to make it work. He would like to invest. He is generous but shrewd. He enjoys spending but would always remain in credit. He likes cars, big and fast, but would be careful to secure a good trade-in price for his old one.

Strangers find him an easy conversationalist because he is a good listener and shows a genuine interest in the outside world. He wants to know and I find this an endearing trait in a young man who is so successful and so rich that if he never learned anything new he would not suffer any loss. And in addition to all these characteristics, he is, though not one of the prolific composers, very musicianly. “ - Brian Epstein on George - 1964

Remembering Brian Epstein (19 September 1934 – 27 August 1967) RIP to the man who gave us the Beatles!

Araeph’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 2


Vol. 1 here.

It’s Araeph’s 1000th post! Thank you so much to all my followers, people who’ve messaged me for discussion, and fans who’ve filled my inbox with such thought-provoking asks. Below is the latest master list of my essays and fiction that I’ve compiled over the past year or so, as well as a few choice reblogs from other tumblr users that are mentioned by name. Have a fantastic 4th of July, everyone!


Fic Recs

A:TLA Friendship Recs
Favorite Zutara writers

Araeph’s fics

Hatchling, Part 1
Spitting Image, Part 1
Breath of Fire
Confidants
Sunrise
Moonrise
Love Is a Marathon
Defiance, Part 1
Defiance, Part 2
Defiance, Part 3
Defiance, Part 4
Defiance, Part 5
Defiance, Part 6
Defiance, Part 7
Defiance, Part 8

Other Meta

Araeph’s fandoms
Mulan: contrasting messages in pop song vs. theatrical song
The arranged marriage plot in Mulan 2
Mulan and Shang: military dynamics vs. a relationship
What did you think of the Red John arc in The Mentalist?
Was the Jane/Lisbon pairing in The Mentalist treated well?
Did Lizzy marry Darcy for his money?
What advice do you have for up-and-coming authors?
What do you think makes a good romance?
Are there particular directors you gravitate towards?

Steven Universe Criticism

What are your favorite critiques of Steven Universe?
Who did Pearl belong to before she joined the Crystal Gems?
How Pearl responds to toughness vs. niceness
Can autism explain Pearl’s behavior toward Greg?
What do you think of Pearl’s character and her treatment of Steven?
Are there similarities between Aang and Pearl’s clinginess to their partners?
The Diamonds: taking “compassion for one’s adversaries” too far
What do you think of the “Rose is Pink Diamond” theory?
Rainbow Quartz: requited love
I miss the way they used to draw Peridot
The decline of Steven Universe

A:TLA Gen Criticism

I just don’t know how to feel about Bryke!
How do you keep A:TLA’s flaws from ruining the show for you?
Should Teo, Haru, and The Duke have had bigger roles in Book 3?
Should there have been a scene where Aang mourns the dead at the end of Book 3?
The structure of the first half of Book 3
Is energybending Ozai enough to delegitimize his rule?
Could Aang lying to the tribes in “The Great Divide” have been handled better?
Was the Fire Nation secretly looking for the Avatar in the Southern Water Tribe?
Parallels between the Fire Nation Royal Family and the SWT chief family
Does the GAang idealize their parents and mentors too much?
The significance of Momo
How did the characters age visually throughout A:TLA?
Was Ozai an abusive spouse as well as father?
Do you think the Avatar universe has a legitimate afterlife?
Detachment and unlocking the chakras
Avatar cosmology @peacockarehot
What happens before each Avatar is old enough to master the elements?
How well was the challenge of being the Avatar told in A:TLA and LOK?

A:TLA’s Four Nations

Four Nations and childhood education
Four Nations’ view of sex and gender roles
Four Nations: a food contest analysis
Four Nations eye color
What is the best way for the SWT to develop?
What is your opinion on Water Tribe betrothal necklaces?
Why an earthbender shouldn’t be able to lavabend alone
Is the Earth Kingdom united under a cohesive value?
What is your opinion on the Air Nomad council of elders?
Did the Air Nomads get shortchanged in development?
Is Ty Lee an untrained airbender?
Stormbending
What kind of benders would mixed heritage kids be?
Could firebenders draw power from the Earth’s core?
Can waterbenders heat water to create steam? Part 1
Can waterbenders heat water to create steam? Part 2
What is your favorite nation and what type of bender would you be?
Who are your favorite minor characters from all four nations?

Alternative A:TLA Finale and Book 4 Speculation

Zutara would have been a better bookend, even with only 3 books
How would the Book 3 Zutara moments change with Book 4?
What should have been the theme of the A:TLA finale?
What do you find disappointing about the A:TLA finale?
Aaron Ehaz’s plan for A:TLA and beyond @kataraaandzuko @terminaschosenone
Anything you would like to see from an A:TLA sequel?
How do you see the relationships of the Gaang progressing through adulthood?
How would hidden airbenders have been revealed?
Koh in Book 4

A:TLA Comics Criticism

Rosy colonialism in “The Promise”
“North and South” : a settler’s fantasy  @fireladykatara
“North and South” and the issue of progress
The A:TLA comics do not follow A:TLA’s visual style
Bryke’s interference in the comics
What do you think of the role the Air Acolytes played in the comics?

Legend of Korra criticism

A:TLA vs. LOK: simple vs. complex beginnings
LOK and inconsistent bending origins
Which element is the hardest for an Avatar to learn?
How would you write Korra’s development in Books 1-4?
Mary Suyin
How would you write Suyin Beifong?
Suyin: complex vs. annoying characterization
Zaheer and compelling belief systems
Is Zaheer Korra’s foil?
Thoughts on the Red Lotus
What do you think of the concept of Raava and Vaatu?
What do you think are the most well developed secondary characters in LOK?
Varrick, Zhu Li, and abuse
Could Makorra have become compatible?
Bolin and Lavabending
What do you think about the Dai Li surviving into the era of LOK?
Bumi and Air Nomad colors
Bryke’s extreme responses to fan theories
How would a sequel to Legend of Korra play out?

Zutara Meta

A:TLA non-canon shippers keep A:TLA fandom afloat
Zuko and Katara: Color symbolism in “Cave of Two Lovers” @marsreds
Zuko and Katara: character parallels
Zutara is toxic and unhealthy!” (again)
Zuko and Katara, twin flames @peacockarehot
Zutara parallels with Darcy and Elizabeth
Zutara parallels with Beauty and the Beast
Blue Spirit/Painted Lady parallels
The Blue Spirit vs. the Painted Lady
Were the Blue Spirit and Painted Lady connected?
How Zuko shows respect when saving Katara from falling rocks @theadamantdaughter
Zuko and Katara’s parenting styles
Zuko jumping in front of lightning was sacrificial
What would young viewers learn from Zutara?
On Zuko interacting more with the GAang
Thoughts on School Time Shipping

“What Would [X] Gain from Zutara?”
Katara
Zuko
Sokka
Toph
Suki
Aang
Mai
Hakoda
Iroh
Azula
Ozai
Ursa and Kiyi
The Fire Nation and Water Tribes
The cabbage merchant

Kataang Criticism

Irrefutable proof that Kataang was NOT always going to be canon @peacockarehot
Do you think Katara felt some pressure to date Aang?
Kataang and unwanted advances (with @theadamantdaughter)
Aang’s possessive behavior toward Katara @theadamantdaughter
Why Aang’s behavior in “Love Is a Battlefield” is dangerous
Love vs. attachment
Does Aang respect Katara?
Why “The Fortuneteller” is anti-Kataang
Fanon Kataang vs. canon Kataang
Could Katara and Aang still be happy together?
Katara is aged down in scenes with Aang
Kataang and the magic aging (with @jasubb-8)
Does Aang’s age excuse his unwanted advances?
What if Katara couldn’t give Aang an airbender?
Will-they-won’t-they and Kataang
Aang’s romances vs. Sokka’s romances @peacockarehot
Kataang’s lack of substance in “The Headband”
Kataang’s lack of substance in “The Cave of Two Lovers”

Maiko Criticism

Would Ty Mai be more compatible than Maiko?
Ty Mai and understanding each other
Were Zuko and Mai’s relations consensual? with @theadamantdaughter
Why Maiko is prime for failure @peacockarehot
Maiko, Zutara, and Conflict @theadamantdaughter
The pitfalls of Maiko @peacockarehot
Is Maiko or Kataang worse?
Is Maiko or Kataang worse? – part 2
Why do Maiko shippers ignore the problems in their ship?
Mai never dated the real Zuko
Pros and Cons of Maiko

Character Analysis

Aang
How would you have written Aang’s character development from Books 1-3?
Aang exalting Air Nomad culture above everyone else’s
Should Aang’s introspection have followed Buddhist tenets more closely?
Rewriting energybending to improve Aang’s character @terminaschosenone
Should Aang have had a more prominent teacher or guide?
Do you think Aang’s grief at the loss of the Air Nomads was properly presented?
Why was Aang not worried about killing Ozai on the Day of Black Sun?
Aang vs. the vulture wasp
Aang’s reaction to the other Avatars’ advice
Aang’s reaction to Yangchen’s advice
Aang’s response to Jetara
Aang’s anger vs. Katara’s
Did Aang truly exhibit contrition for the EIP kiss?
How Aang idealizes Katara
Did Aang really know how Katara felt because of his own loss?
Who would be a good match for Aang?

Azula
Could the dragons heal Azula?
Do you think any little part of Azula ever loved Zuko?
Azula’s motivations for the lightning strike
Azula’s motivations for the lightning strike, Part 2
Would Katara feel a moral obligation to help Azula post-A:TLA?
How would Azula have compelled Mai to go with her initially if Mai had refused?

Iroh
Iroh’s character journey
Do Iroh’s values align better with Mai’s or Katara’s?
Maiko shipper bashes Iroh and Zuko
Zuko and Iroh’s relationship parallels with Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver

Katara
Katara and her emotional iceberg
Katara would have been more independent if she’d married Zuko
Katara puts her emotional needs in front of Aang’s
Katara is abandoned at the South Pole
Katara crying over Aang vs. Zuko
Did Katara’s character development stall?
Should Katara have been at the Boiling Rock?
Should Katara have forgiven Zuko earlier?
Katara lashing out at Sokka during Southern Raiders
How do you think Kya would feel about the Southern Raiders?
Would it have been in character for Katara to murder Yon Rha?
Why does Katara’s character become so irrelevant? @zuzusexytiems
Why Katara is not a Mary Sue @daughter-of-water @theadamantdaughter
Why do people continually try to make excuses for Katara not fighting in LOK?

Mai
What would Mai’s ideal character arc be?
Mai doesn’t understand Zuko’s values @honxrable
What personality would be best for Mai’s partner?
Was Mai originally going to be a villain?
Is there any evidence that Mai was scared of Azula?
Debunking Mai’s affection for Tom-Tom

Sokka
Sokka’s quest to be a man
On Sokka seeing Katara’s face instead of his mother’s
Sokka’s protective nature

Toph
Could Toph and her parents reconcile?
Toph and law enforcement

Zuko
Is Zuko emotionally unstable?
How would Zuko handle the issue of bloodbending?
Was Zuko more open in Book 2 or Book 3?
Hair cutting symbolism in A:TLA
Do you think Zuko has PTSD?
Zuko and Aang’s relationship
Locations of Zuko’s Agni Kais and their significance
The symbolism of Zuko’s scar
Zuko is not stoic (@honxrable)
Why I Feel Zuko’s Betrayal Was to End Zutara @peacockarehot
Piandao as Zuko’s mentor

ZUTARA FIC RECS

i love zutara & i hold a special place in my heart for my favourite zutara fics. i’m usually very picky when it comes to fanfiction - i love fics where the language flows beautifully and where the gaang is all in character. there are more, but here are just some of my favourites:


multi-chapter:

once around the sun || (my favourite)

Later, Katara can see how it all fell apart. Azula in her cell, growing roses; Zuko surrounded by enemies, slowly dying; their friends in the Earth Kingdom, safely escaping. And herself at the centre of it, saving lives and breaking promises. Set after finale, eventual Zutara.

tempest in a teacup || 

Fate puts Katara in the Fire Nation to grow up in the company of a Dragon, a prince, and a lot of good tea. AU Zutara…of a sort.

the black games || 

Once bound by ice, now bound by fire. 12 provinces. 24 tributes. 1 winner. Let the games begin.

begin the end ||

The moment the chains are secure around Azula’s wrists, Katara breaks out into a run. Her boots slap against the stones and each step echoes mockingly in the empty plaza: too late, too late. Panic squeezes her heart as she sees him lying crumpled on the ground, and she wishes for just that moment that she were an airbender so that she might get to him faster…

clothe me in seasons, dress me in snow ||

“It is not the memorial she deserves, nor the one she would want. But it can’t be helped. He owns no property in the other nations, and he needed to keep her close. Closer than she was in life, anyway.” Zuko’s reflections on a life lived and a life that could have been. Told in four arcs: melancholy, slow dancing, unrequited, and cobalt blue/vigil.


drabbles/one-shots:

sokka’s field guide series || 

Sokka schools Zuko on the ladies.

through the looking glass and unrequited || 

A collection of Zutara drabbles and story arcs.

and other fairly stupid tales || 

A collection of humorous and crack-tastic oneshots corresponding to the days of Zutara Month.

we hold our hearts in silence ||

Seventy years later, Korra tries to figure out Zuko and Katara. — zutara, canon compliant.

falling || 

The ceiling collapsed, and he sprinted to push her away. Suki was safe, but Katara just stood there. And then she was gone. He hadn’t been fast enough. An AU from the beginning of TSR through just after EIP. 

as time passes by || 

“The dawn of your new nation will come as quickly as the sun has set on your father’s empire.” Zuko’s first year as Fire Lord does not go as he expects.

tremors || 

She’s free to choose- if she goes back to the Poles, if she travels, if she stays in the Fire Nation just a little bit longer. She can choose to go back to the life she would have led if she’d never revived the Avatar, or she can choose to forge a new path. And she chooses him.

beyond lost ||

It’s the end, isn’t it? — Zutara. Pre-Season III.

as if death itself was undone ||

Z/K Finale AU “‘It’s not right to linger like this,’ says the Death Spirit. 'I don’t want to leave her,’ Zuko says. 'They never do.’” After being struck by Azula’s lighting, Zuko rejects death.

death by a thousand cuts ||

All these moments and memories are cracks, fractures that run and creep through Zuko’s mind. The finishing blow was having her smile to him on her wedding day. He broke then.

PSA

No matter what anyone says, never let them make you feel ashamed for things you like because of your age or projected “age group” or “gender group” targets on shows, games, clothing, you name it.

We’re all entitled to what we like and there is no age limit. If you’re 75 and you love Nintendo, GO YOU! If you’re six and you enjoy heavy and intricate plots in your shows/games/etc that adults think you’re wasting your time watching/playing, keep enjoying them as long as you like and however you like! As long as you’re not hurting someone else or doing anything illegal, you are free to enjoy and love whatever you want from shows to clothing and expressing yourselves.

Seriously. Anyone that tells you something is ‘just for kids’ or ‘just for adults’, or ‘just for girls’ or ‘just for boys’, tell them to screw off and love it as much and as LOUD as you want. Never let gender or age stereotypes hold you back.

Anyone that tries to hold you back doesn’t want you to have fun and enjoy yourself. To hell with them. Embrace it and embrace you.

Que devient le poing quand les doigts se tendent ?

Quel mot employer ? Aucun ne fixe l'idée. Les néologismes rivalisent avec les acronymes.  Surdoué, HQI, EIP. L'enfant intellectuellement précoce a son diminutif. Mais que devient-il une fois adulte ? Que devient le poing quand les doigts se tendent ? Quand les codes sociaux ancrés dans une photographie surannée des interactions humaines deviennent ésotériques, lorsque la différence peine à se voir normale. Que devient le don dans la folie ?

Je répondais par analogie, en soulevant d'autres questions, en établissant des relations en arborescence et en cascade. Je répondais à ma façon.

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Suicide Squad Trailer Spoof by Evil Iguana Productions

tbh i thought a@ng’s crush on katara was cute and didn’t have any problem with the ship at first, but bryke’s entire approach on the ship just felt completely wrong to me, especially as the show continued. in eip, a@ng literally nods when playzuko refers to katara as “the avatar’s girl”, and then proceeds to get angry at katara when she can’t give him a definite answer of liking him back, and then kisses her without her consent and doesn’t even apologise. honestly this seemed completely out of character for a@ng, who for the whole time before this (excluding day of black sun), crushed on katara and tried to impress her, but certainly didn’t try to force anything on her. the only thought process that i can think of to make this make sense is the whole nice guy shit where katara continues to kiss a@ng’s cheek and “lead him on”, so somehow he is “entitled” to date her and kiss her and whatever else. again, not something i think a@ng would do - but, unfortunately, something that bryke would do that carried onto their characters. so no, i don’t think katara was some helpless opinionless weak side girl (unless you’re talking about the commics lol) as kata@ngers love to say we think, and no, i don’t hate aang, but yes, i do think katara was a@ng’s trophy wife.

Hair, Symbolism, and Azula's Descent into Madness

Not my hair! Father always loved my hair!

One of Bryke’s favorite forms of symbolism has to do with hair. We see it with Zuko (both with him cutting his hair in “The Avatar State,” and growing out his hair as  symbol of his gaining wisdom as the series progresses); we see it with Korra when she cuts her hair in “Korra Alone”; with Tarrlok as he adds more and more braids to his hair until he has as many braids as the man that he never wanted to become; we see it with Kuvira whenever she loses control of a situation which causes her hair to become unkempt; and, most notably, we see it with Azula.

The same principle used for Kuvira’s hair symbolism (unkempt hair whenever they lose control) can also be applied to Azula. However, with Azula, it’s not just about control–it’s about perfection. It’s about living up to her father’s standards. After all, shes a prodigy, and Ozai would expect nothing less.  

Azula grew up in a world where she was held up on a pedestal as her father’s prodigy. As such, she was forced not only to surpass her brother in the art of firebending, but to be perfect in every way in order to meet her father’s absurdly high expectations. This caused Azula to be obsessed with perfection and control. Consequently, to be anything but perfect and to lose control would mean falling short of those high standards set by her father.

And that’s precisely what happened. Her plans began to fail, pawns began acting on their own. She was no longer in control. She was no longer perfect. Her world began to fall apart around her, and she was left with nothing but her hallucinations.

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