the bamfiest

ten awesome fics 🙌

tagged by @reineyday​ to list 10 awesome fics!!! not a ranked all-time-favorites thing, but just fics form any fandom that i love, which is a lovely idea ^_^ tbh a lot of these will be my all-time favorites tho cuz i’m terrible at actually remembering fic names and tracking them down again…..

also i would like to take a moment to acknowledge that the shortest fic on this list is 86k like….i think i have a problem.

The Jester by Footloose (Merlin, Merthur)

i’m pretty sure everyone and their mother knows how much i love Loaded March by now, but it’s worth stating again. this series is fucking amazing and any time i really need a boost, i go back and start reading from the beginning. ^this one is the 4th in the series and there is so much intense UST my eyes melt out of my skull. it’s got pining underneath roleplay, consensual D/s dynamics in the guise of abuse, exhibitionism and possessiveness, all with serious military and political intrigue going on. it’s just. IT’S SO GOOD.

The Boy In Red by KouriArashi (Teen Wolf, Sterek)

another one that i’ve already screamed about a million times. The Sum Of Its Parts is another enormously long series where every installment is better than the last and it’s just crazy good. ^this is also the 4th in the series (cuz apparently i just have a Thing for part 4s) and it’s just a really interesting one cuz at least half the turmoil comes from there not being turmoil, lol. there’s danger and intrigue and fighting like nobody’s business ofc, but it’s the waiting that makes Stiles have a mental breakdown and forces him into actual therapy. honestly the therapy is one of my favorite things about the entire series and it starts here^^^.

Croatoan by TheDamnRiddler (Teen Wolf, gen)

this fic scared the everloving shit out of me in the best way possible. it’s absolutely a horror fic with a frighteningly cliffhanger ending that left me looking over my shoulder for a solid three days, lol. but it’s so goddamn good. it’s Stiles, Derek, and Peter with no romance anywhere in its 86k words, which i greatly appreciate. all the relationships are still so interesting and everything feels so tangible and real even as it’s completely surreal by necessity. this fic will fuck you up but you should read it anyway. i’m due for a reread actually…..

Shadowlord and Pirate King also by Footloose (Merlin, Merthur)

this sounds like it should be a crackfic but it’s the most epic fucking space-fantasy adventure, it’s so goddamn good i can’t even say. i love bamf!Merlin and this is the absolute bamfiest, like magical assassin with a tragic past falls in love with a wayward pirate who has to claim his throne as king of the pirates, i mean !!!!!! it doesn’t get any better than this.

Eleazar by emmbrancsxxo (Merlin, Merthur)

a really cool sci-fi-ish resurrection fic. it showcases how truly fucked up Merlin is by his immortality, which is a wonderful rarity in fic lol, and it’s got twists that i almost did not see coming and then was immensely proud of myself for predicting right before the reveal, lol.

Only A Boy by RiddellLee (Merlin/Harry Potter xover, gen)

honestly i don’t think i have ever laughed so hard. i mean this fic is badass and epic and has all the good stuff in it, but it’s also fucking hysterical because a grownass medieval Merlin gets de-aged and pulled into the future to replace Harry in the prophecy, and he gets sorted into Slytherin and he keeps getting left in Snape’s care, and the two of them snarking at each other is literally one of the funniest things i have ever encountered in my life. read the fic just for that, if nothing else, but also Merlin and Draco and Hermione all end up bffs and that gives me life. technically it’s an ongoing series but the second one’s not finished so i haven’t read any further.

The Black Games by Mrs Pettyfer (A:TLA, Zutara)

this one is from way back when i was still reading on and i don’t think it’s crossposted T_T so it’s been a really long time since i read it but i remember it being really fucking good. it’s a Hunger Games AU so there’s definitely MCD in there, but that doesn’t make it not great and i think it’s the start of a trilogy that i never finished…?

Tributes by TheAvalonian (Merlin, Merthur)

speaking of HG AUs, here’s a Merthur one that is equally really fucking good, lol. another one with plenty of MCD but i think more people make it out alive in this one? if i remember correctly? anyway it’s got some really fantastic scenes (the confrontation between Arthur and Morgana will destroy you) and Gwen especially is the absolutely fucking best in this fic.

A Question of Motives by Alaia Skyhawk (Merlin, gen)

this is another one on and it’s a series. like another MASSIVE SERIES cuz i really love those (it’s my 3rd listed here lol). this one is canon AU from the start of s3 but it follows the show’s episode pattern to the letter while also making it completely different and it’s fucking miraculous, and it adds in sub-episodes between each canon episode template that are all just as fantastic and feel like legit episodes of their own, it’s just. it’s amazing. the series was started in 2010 and the newest story is still being updating (i haven’t kept up since like 2014 but i read all of the first 4 stories i think?? so worth it). ((also i think it has like a companion series for the OCs cuz they’re that compelling and there’s that much backstory.))

Candle, Cup, and Casket by Desiderii (Merlin, Merthur)

a “phantasmagorical space opera” like what is not to love about that?? this entire setting and the worldbuilding is honestly just so amazing and fascinating. like that’s all i can even think about looking back lol. Morgana is badass in this too and she and Arthur are like cyborgs with cool mods to make them better fighters, and Merlin’s got the magic thing going on, and the space ships are alive and have ghosts that Merlin can communicate with but no one else realizes are there, like it’s some seriously cool shit. go read the fuck out of this.

i’m tagging: @thedaughterofkings, @demisexualhale, @elveatas, @ialoja, @foxfireflamequeen

I really love Edna Mode? Like, she’s not just a fashion designer– she’s a fashion designer who lives in a high-security mansion with an entire secret underground lab in which she manufactures textiles strong and versatile enough to withstand the abilities of the heroes who will wear them and the villains who will attempt to destroy them. 

This lady probably holds multiple degrees in scientific fields most folks don’t even know exist. She could have gone into research or academia like most folks in her position, but at some point during (or prior to) her education she decided that she was going to find a way to combine her passion for science with her flare for fashion, and the end result was being the go-to designer for the most powerful people in the world. That’s just…really awesome to me.

In a movie full of overt badasses, she is quietly the BAMFiest of them all.

why dont we talk more about how mcu natasha is some kind of fucking technological wunderkind though?

i mean—really. yes, she is a kickass superspy who could crush you with her thighs. yes, she is a master manipulator who can read you like a children’s book and make you wonder which way is up. yes, she is vulnerable and strong and works with complex motivations towards a goal that’s not quite redemption but always in the service of doing what she feels is the right—and oftentimes the hardest—thing, the thing no one else can or will do. yes, she is pretty much the bamfiest bamf who has ever bamfed in all the ways i just described.

but im also pretty sure she’s kind of a computer genius.

i don’t think it’s any accident that natasha is the one who gets rhodey’s systems back online in IM 2. i don’t think it’s any accident that natasha is the one who gathers intel on the Lumerian Star, then tries to decrypt the flash drive in that Apple store and even SAYS (not even smugly, just matter of factly) that the person who developed the encryption is only slightly more advanced than she is. i don’t think it’s any accident that natasha is the one who hacks SHIELD’s systems and airs their dirty laundry, and she makes it look deceptively easy even though i'm guessing it’s hard enough that your average, idk, SHIELD technician can’t do it.

natasha navigates the keyboard with ease. her face is the picture of concentration and curiosity. she does things that im so used to seeing the requisite geek guy doing, and the fact that she does that despite being originally positioned as the femme fatale with nothing more to offer than a catsuit and a pretty face? AMAZING.

i’m just obsessed with exploring the idea that natasha’s skillset is way more diverse than acting as the muscle, or the confidante, or the investigator, or the hulk-tamer. that she is intelligent in several ways, in a similar way to another avenger, in fact (when you think computer hacker, you think tony, dont you? HA! natasha will show you) and that it’s a subtle but important intelligence that actively moves the plot along.

i’d love to see more of what natasha does. what she knows. how she learned. but im not going to lie, this facet of her? the one that lives out in the open and is so important but so often unseen? i want to know more about that.

or this is how it could have happened:

oh my god wait what if:

saito has been trying to get eames to do this inception on fischer for like 6 months, and eames keeps saying no because he’s not really into the whole will-altering business,

so saito sends people undercover to find out what eames’ ultimate weakness is, and how he can use it; and it’s THIS DUDE NAMED ARTHUR WHO’S WEIRDLY SHACKLED TO THIS INCOMPETENT MORON NAMED COBB WHO KILLED HIS WIFE AND IS ON THE RUN FROM THE US GOV’T, and the only way eames will do inception is if arthur is doing inception, and the only way arthur will do inception is if cobb will do inception, and Saito is like, SIGH, THE THINGS I DO FOR EXCELLENCE

so he sets up a bogus job with cobol engineering to convince cobb to “run” the inception job, all so that eames will finally say yes

and that’s why saito just magically happens to already be in mombasa, because he’s keeping an eye on his investments ie EAMES

and that’s why eames is just magically able to whip up the whole inception schemata, because he’s been planning this whole job for months already by himself