I feel like I hardly read in any fandoms any more, but there was still a lot to enjoy this year! Disclosure: two of these were written for me, and I co-mod the exchange.
I loved both fics in this fandom! sanguinity has done a great job with character voice, tone, and historical details. I’m always blown away when authors do noticeable research for fics because my own tendencies tend to run so much the other direction (feeling rather than fact). As Safe as Houses has Morgan Finn and his new wife (formerly Miss Logan) taking a balloon ride. Kissing Day is a sweet post-canon moment with the Lovings and Rebecca, shippy with certain goggles.
Survival Under Extreme Conditions by bookgazing is heartbreaking and still thrilling and reassuring. It looks at Beth and Alison’s toxic relationship, unflinchingly, but still finds hope there for both of them.
Butterfly Knife by inlovewithnight is just exactly the thing I want from this fandom! Young Rosa in dance academy, fighting and forcing her way through. Young QUEER Rosa figuring out her place and who she is and what she likes.
Exit Music (for a Film) by Calliatra is just exquisite. I love Britta. I love the integration of so many of the things that make Britta BRITTA here. There are places where the abuse is hard to read, but I love knowing that Britta gets out alive and well.
I still need to finish the season (bad me!) but I really enjoyed this bit of yearning and analysis of Dani and Stella. Binary thinking, indeed! By Her Side by kmo - check it out!
Every time likebrightness writes Tamsin, I’m pretty fucking blown away. It isn’t fair. Even a few sentences and I’m totally weak and clamoring for more. i don’t wanna fight no more does what all of likebrightness’s best works do, and flesh out Tamsin while giving hope for a happy ending of the series where everyone’s together and joyful and Tam has a family.