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A Fanfic Writer Appreciation Day rec-list

So, I heard people are celebrating fanfic authors today, and I wanted to take the time to share some of my all-time favorites! (all are Gravity Falls)

Behold, the fic that firmly dragged me into the Gravity Falls fandom! I remember scrolling through GF fics on Ao3 for the first time, and this was one of the very first I read. It’s dark, has heaps of glorious Stan twin angst, and still lingers in my mind to this day.

Out of every single fic I’ve ever read, this one succeeds the most in getting inside the character’s heads. A bit of a canon divergence where, to save Stanley, Ford must confront his brother’s darker side within the mindscape. (Admission: I cried on multiple occasions while reading this.)

I once told myself I’d never feel pity for a triangle. I was bitterly wrong. An amazing imagining of Bill’s childhood, early life, and rise to power… with lots of inspiration from Edwin A. Abbott’s Flatland. 

A set of small scenes and vignettes of Stan’s life, from childhood to present. All of them are focused on the theme of family, and how Stanley relates to the idea over time. They’re very feels-y and sweet, and characterize Stan so well! 

Ah, where do I start with this? Probably the most pure examples of Fiddauthor and Mabifica I can think of. I adore the heaps and heaps of Pines family bonding in this and the slice-of-life feel it has… and yet there’s this feeling of something serious building in the horizon, and wow, I can’t wait to see what happens next with that!

The most fascinating take I’ve seen on Ford’s multiverse years. It features a very well developed OC, (honestly one of the best I’ve seen in this fandom), who becomes Ford’s traveling partner. Their interplay is equal parts hilarious and emotional at times, and is very deep without seeming forced. I really recommend this- it could use SO much more love! (It only has about 100 hits… and that needs to be changed ASAP! :D)

An amazing what-if centering around the idea of Stan and Ford accidentally swapping bodies on the electron carpet, way back in ‘82…

When life gives you lemons, don’t make lemonade. Make life take the lemons back! Get mad! I don’t want your damn lemons, what the hell am I supposed to do with these? Demand to see life’s manager! Make life rue the day it thought it could give Ganondorf Dragmire lemons! Do you know who I am? I’m the man who’s gonna burn your house down! With the lemons! I’m gonna get my Darknuts to invent a combustible lemon that burns your house down!
—  Ganondorf, Wind Waker

Let me get this straight: 

  • Merida, the Merry Men + Roland, and the Camelotians (Cameloans?) all go through a portal door in the middle of Main Street SB; 
  • Zelena has the Apprentice’s wand;
  • Zelena, Snow, David & Killian get sucked through the portal;
  • A wind machine was used as they were sucked through;
  • Granny is left holding the baby;
  • Rumple, Henry & Violet are in NYC;
  • Belle is MIA; and
  • Emma & Regina are off on their own.

So, Zelena was either helping with the portal and something went wrong, or she saw an opening and created another tornado to try to escape SB and the others were too close to escape it. Either way, three non-magic users are stuck with one who is powerful enough to use the Apprentice’s wand to create a portal that could return them home - if she’s feeling cooperative. But where were they taken, where would Zelena want to go to escape SB, back to Oz?

I got nothing on the rest, have to absorb all of this some more.