yay although am not a fan of how the scene ended

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. 


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??? 


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. 

So Loo Brealey just posted this on twitter and I wanted to share it here:

You know I’m here for BBC Sherlock crit. (More than here for it, let’s be honest). But seriously why attack the actress who plays one of the characters for the writing of said character? Molly Hooper is the beacon of light on that show. She’s probably the most likeable character in the whole damn thing.

It’s not (imo) the fact she loves Sherlock which makes her weak. I think that implication is antifeminist in itself. Why does loving someone make a woman weak? It shouldn’t. It doesn’t. 

Molly has a similar problem that Sansa Stark had (and sort of still has) on GOT where because she’s ‘normal’ and displays more traditionally feminine character traits people have an issue with that. But why? Where is the issue with that? Feminist media doesn’t mean writing women who behave in more traditionally masculine ways. That’s ridiculous. Some people say Mary is a more feminist character than Molly because she shoots people. Rubbish mate. Let women be women. Give them the chance to be whoever they please. Molly isn’t weak because she won’t beat a person up. A female character with a gun does not necessarily = strong female character (something I wish more male writers would get). 

My issue with Molly is not Molly herself, or Loo Brealey’s portrayal of her, which has been consistently really good and true and lovely in a show which is often pretty dark and has got kind of uncomfortable in later seasons. It’s the way Molly is used. 

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child — Act One Scenes 10-19

Last time on the Harry Potter sequel we didn’t need but got anyway: all your favorite heroes have turned into mediocre adults who taught their children to internalize the same prejudice they supposedly fought against and generally disregarded said children’s wants and needs!

Also Albus Potter is a moody teenager, Rose Weasley-Granger is a snob, the plot has nothing to do with these new characters and instead relies entirely on the old protagonists’ issues being forced upon the new generation, and we met Delphi “totally not an important character” Diggory.

I know the question you’re all asking. What else can go wrong this time? Let us find out.

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Before I begin I just wanted to mention that Jared Padalecki is the most incredible person I have ever met. And if you feel the need to argue against that, read this and see if it doesn’t change your mind.

That being said,

Waiting in line for Jared’s autograph was extremely nerve wracking, specifically because I had no clue what I was going to say to him.

I fell in love with Sam Winchester the moment I watched the pilot about three years ago. I am a Sam girl, always have been, and always will be. So, naturally, once I became more involved with the show I began watching interviews, panels, behind the scenes footage, etc. The more I fell in love with the actors, the more I fell in love with the characters, and vice versa. Truthfully, I’m not quite sure why I became so attached to Sam. I do know that the more I watch and rewatch the show, the more I notice Sam’s character flaws and developments, and the more I realize how similar we can be in the way that we tend to hide inside ourselves and make sure everyone else is okay before we take a look at ourselves. This has gotten me into trouble more than it has helped.

With Jared, I don’t know exactly when he became an inspiration for me. It kind of progressed the more I got to know about him. But reading others’ accounts on meeting him, and hearing other cast members talk about his sincerity and passion for what he does made me want to strive to be that kind of person.

These past couple of months haven’t been easy for me. I won’t go into detail, but I will say that some days I find it hard to be happy. A while back I was feeling artsy and decided to make an edit with a Jared quote on it, for no reason other than he’s my favorite actor plus the fact that Gilmore Girls is on Netflix (yay!), so I started watching it again. I found a shorter quote so it could fit on a picture for my screensaver on my phone. About a month later, everything got really bad. It got to the point where I was feeling incredibly guilty for something I know I shouldn’t have felt guilty about. It ended up with me bawling my eyes out in public (although there weren’t that many people around). So, when someone eventually did walk by, I pretended to be on my phone to avoid an awkward situation (yes, we all do it). I had so many thoughts going through my mind; all of them scared me. However, when I pretended to look at my phone, I turned it on and saw the quote. And it just kind of brought me back to reality.

Of course, I don’t tell Jared all of this. First, we were pressed on time because the line was long and, second, I was barely able to tell him what I ended up telling him in the end because I was going to cry.

What really happens is this:

I walk up to the table and gave a shy “hi”. Jared says hello back, smiles, and then proceeds to sign the picture. I was extremely nervous, but by this point I knew exactly what I wanted to say. I started off saying “you probably get stuff like this a lot…” Which got his attention, but as soon as I said “but I’ve been going through some hard times and it’s been really difficult…” His expression changed instantly. It wasn’t sympathy. It was him being fully interested in what I had to say. It was compassion. I continued, “and I just wanted you to know that I have a quote from you on my phone and it really helps me when things get really hard and I just wanted to thank you.” Not losing eye contact, he grabs my hand, squeezes it, and asks, “What did I say?” I think for a moment because my mind had suddenly gone completely blank, and tell him the quote, ending with thanking him again. Still not leaving my gaze or letting go of my hand, he starts telling me that I just need to keep going. “Every situation will get better, as long as you keep pushing through. Things can get really tough. But the important part is that you can keep going from it. You are a lovely, beautiful girl with so much life left to live. I know it’s hard right now, but it will get better.” By this point all I can do is nod my head and try not to cry. I utter out a “thank you so much” and go to grab the picture to leave, when he squeezes my hand so that I look back at him. He looks at me and says, “Keep your head up.” To which I reply, “Thank you, I will.” And walk away.

The most impactful part about the whole conversation wasn’t the fact that it was Jared (well, maybe a tiny bit), or the fact that I had been looking up to him for a while. It was the fact that there I was, a total stranger to him, and he gave me his full attention as if what I had to say was the most important thing in the entire world. He doesn’t know me, and yet he was able to tell me exactly what I needed to hear in the most genuine and understanding way possible. And the most amazing thing is that Jared is that way with everyone. I’ve read a number of stories from fans who have met Jared and he had given them the amount of attention he knew they needed, whether he knew them or not. I see why he is so incredible at portraying Sam with that same kindness, generosity, and compassion - it is because he has it in himself.

“Every point in your life, even when it’s tough, is something to cherish and be happy about.” -Jared Padalecki

Arrow Suicide Squad

Last night’s episode of Arrow was a treat for me. I’m a big Diggle fan, and this episode was long overdue.  So for the first time in a really long time, I watched and live Tweeted with other fans. There were so many things that I simply adored about last night and others that just left me with a sense of why I no longer eagerly anticipate the show or watch live.

Things I Loved:

1) Diggle & Felicity - Oh my goodness, these two truly are the heart & soul of the show. While I mourn the loss of the original team arrow dynamic, these two never fail or disappoint. I just can’t see them romantically, because they are just so much more than that. So much more. This is the type of love that is unconditional. Love in its purist form. And I love that it was through Digg that we got a brief peek at the outside of Felicity’s little Brownstone. Yes, people, it was a brownstone…(no more balconies to scale FF writers ;-D).

2) Felicity had a stalker in college that sat outside of her house. Well of course she did. She’s a magnificent creature. The asshats over on Arrow apparently were the only ones still in denial, because she does it without the use of….you know what, not even going there. Her line: “I did have a life before you and Oliver” - Me: We know baby girl, we know. We’d just like you to have a life now as well. Can’t she be a tiny bit selfish? Oh who am I kidding? It wouldn’t be her, I suppose.

3) Lyla & Digg, I’m loving them! At first I was a bit apprehensive that she was a soulless creature as well, and not good enough for my guy, but the girl came through. Yay for Diggle! And we got SEXY Digg, hell yeah! Digg in a tux, Digg making an ‘oh shit’ toast, I’m like, in heaven!

4) Yeah, the Suicide Squad was pretty good, but the highlights for me: Deadshot, and his budding bromance with John Diggle. I’m probably not suppose to love them, but I do. No regrets. I felt it slightly on the Russia trip, but now, I’m all in.

5) Felicity attempting to remind Oliver of their purpose, their mission. They came together to save the city and yet Oliver was unable to focus on that. Her faith in him is wavering. We see it too baby girl. He’s not your hero, not your Oliver right now.

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