gen recs!

Jan. 23rd, 2012 10:20 pm
hradzka: Cassidy, from Garth Ennis's PREACHER. (Default)
[personal profile] hradzka
Ahoy all! I'll be looking at doing some more gen and meta, as folks have suggested. Let's start with some recs. Name me some good genfic! Any fandom, any size, but try to keep it relatively recent fic -- the kind of gen that folks are writing now. What's the best gen you've read lately?

Also, [personal profile] rydra_wong suggested a meta discussion of the types of genfic. That's actually had me scratching my head a bit, because I haven't really thought about types of genfic at all. There's casefic, and then there's, er. I suppose one could split things out by the classic Heinlein/Hubbard story types -- ie, the slash and het would be "Boy Meets Girl [or Boy]," then gen would encompass "The Little Tailor" and "The Man Who Learned Better." But that doesn't really work, either.

(As I've noted in the past, the story I tend to write over and over again is "The Man [or Woman] who Learned Better.")

Date: 2012-01-23 07:52 pm (UTC)
rydra_wong: SG-1: Jack escapes Ba'al's prison (walked right out of the machinery)
From: [personal profile] rydra_wong
That's actually had me scratching my head a bit, because I haven't really thought about types of genfic at all. There's casefic, and then there's, er.

I suppose one starting point for categorization would be the relation between genfic and canon.

There's casefic for detective/crime scenarios, which is closely related (IMHO) to "fic which could be an episode of the show" (only textual, and frequently better).

(Sub-category: "fic which could be an episode of the spin-off show or sequel which the producers have sadly failed to make.")

Then there are fics which couldn't be show episodes, because they take a sharp left turn and go AU from canon continuity in some way, or because they deviate from the canon's tone and/or are critiquing the canon in some way (or assorted other reasons I can't think of right now).

Or because structurally they're vignettes or character pieces, and don't fit the plotty episode mould (or alternatively, because they're huge epic novel-length beasts which also wouldn't work as eps or films).

(And you've got the episode tag fic, or fics which are designed to fit between particular canon eps and explore the aftermath or fallout in some way.)

And of course, you can also have entirely gen idfic -- a lot of hurt/comfort is gen, obviously, but I will happily point out that walked right out of the machinery is my bizarrely gen version of a whole bundle of fannish emotional kinks. I mean, it tries to be a disciplined and emotionally-realistic rendition of those tropes, but yeah.

Date: 2012-01-23 08:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] domarzione
As someone who's written exclusively genfic for most of my fanfic career (+10years), I can't say that I ever distinguished genfic along the lines you're describing, which seem more applicable to fanfic as a whole than just fanfic-with-no-sex-in-it. Which is actually where I think a meta might be useful: does any sex at all take a story out of genfic and make it slash/het or is it only those stories where sex is at least a feature, if not necessarily a plot point, and does it matter if that sex is a canon relationship or not. To use the movie example I usually go with, would Terminator be gen or het? Or would any fanfic featuring Cyclops and Jean Grey be het even if all they're doing is running from Sentinels?

[I wrote a 34k-word SG1 story where I gave Jonas Quinn a wife, although the story itself was about the Ori invasion of Langara and Jonas's fight against them. It was nominated for an award, but put in the Jonas/other Het category entirely because there was a wife. I didn't think that an accurate placement.]

But to round back to your suggestions... there's casefic that's gen and there's casefic that's not. There are character pieces that are gen in the sense that there is no sex in them, but get labeled (by either author or reader) as 'pre-slash' and treated as not-gen. Episode tags and sequels happen all over the place.

... there might be another meta on hiding/marketing genfic under such rubrics as 'pre-slash,' but that's a story for another day.

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Date: 2012-01-23 08:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] musesfool
There's day in the life type stories that don't have a shippy focus, but are the kinds of things most shows wouldn't bother with since nothing actiony happens, or stories that focus on non-sexual relationships (familial or workplace [teambuilding!] or friendship). Or there's stuff that's "like an episode" except the show is, say, Community or Parks and Rec or the Office instead of a show that would have any kind of casefile or mystery plot.

Date: 2012-01-23 08:51 pm (UTC)
ambyr: pebbles arranged in a spiral on sand (nature sculpture by Andy Goldsworthy) (Pebbles)
From: [personal profile] ambyr
Since I'm mostly interested in epic fantasy sort of canons, casefic isn't a genre I see much of--but day-in-the-life, character study, world building expansion, and backstory/history all play a pretty prominent role in my genfic experience. And AU, of course.

Date: 2012-01-23 09:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] grey_bard
I'm very fond of the Wildly Epic Adventures That Couldn't Be Canon Because They Break The Toys.

Er, not the deathfic iteration of that, but the "What if there was a giant epic novel about how they killed off the Goa'uld forever for real and actually genuinely got to retire to a nice planet" or "Hey, what if Wonder Woman had to go on the run and do heroing secretly because no one figured out that one time she appeared to go evil was mind control" or "What if the curse was never broken and he stayed a werewolf forever and it was awesome" sort of thing.

Date: 2012-01-24 04:04 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] brownbetty
I'm very fond of the Wildly Epic Adventures That Couldn't Be Canon Because They Break The Toys.

My new favourite way of describing my favourite kind of epic!

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Date: 2012-01-24 12:20 am (UTC)
beatrice_otter: Supergirl Victory (Supergirl Victory)
From: [personal profile] beatrice_otter
Genfic recs:

Doctor Whoverse
Du Liebes Kind, Komm, Geh Mit Mir by Lyricwritesprose
The Extraordinary Tale of the Achronological Detective by oneiriad (Sherlock crossover)
Time and Relatives in Space by nostalgia

Temeraire
Services to the Crown by melannen

Supernatural
Accidents Will Happen by hollimichele

Harry Potter
Cho Chang & the Jasmine Code by xenokattz

Date: 2012-01-24 12:31 am (UTC)
watersword: Keira Knightley, in Pride and Prejudice (2007), turning her head away from the viewer, the word "elizabeth" written near (Default)
From: [personal profile] watersword
I honestly don't know when most of this stuff was posted; some may be literally over a decade old, but on the other hand, old fandoms never die, they just get remixed. So. Hurried recs before the library closes:

(For the record: my definition of gen mostly means "not-focused-on-romantic-or-sexual-relationships-although-those-may-have-a-background-presence.")

Someday Coming Down (5666 words) by faviconStultiloquentia
Fandom: Fledgling - Octavia E. Butler
Rating: Mature
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Shori Matthews, OFC
Summary:

Choose, and don't look back.



Smart and brutal and takes a throwaway reference from canon and uses it to bust canon wide open, turn it upside-down, and shake it.

Life in the Twenty-First Century (4104 words) by faviconaces
Fandom: Leverage
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alec Hardison/Parker/Eliot Spencer
Characters: Alec Hardison, Nana - Character, Elliot Spencer, Parker (Leverage), Nathan Ford, Sophie Devereaux
Summary:

Alec Hardison, if pressed, would probably suggest that he subscribes to a post-modern definition of identity.



I love this because it does something really truly interesting with the fourth wall and the postmodern — it is about the audience as much as it is about the character it's ostensibly about, but it is also awesome in its own right.

Fortune Prove (13354 words) by faviconBrightknightie
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jenny/Giles, Buffy/Angel, Willow/Oz
Characters: Willow Rosenberg, Buffy Summers, Jenny Calendar, Rupert Giles, Tara Maclay, Principal Snyder, Xander Harris, Oz Osbourne
Summary:

While Willow worries about which university to attend, a software presentation to the faculty sprouts a Hellmouthy glitch that gives her visions of Giles and Jenny's future.  (Diverges from canon at "Surprise.")
    "So this is the 'we live on a major mystical convergence and it leaks' kind of glitch."
(Original: May 2009.)



La la la canon what canon? I can't hear you over the sound of how happy this fic makes me! Straight-up denial-fic with whimsy and charm and some days, I don't want to have thinky thoughts, okay? I just want early-era Buffy shenanigans!

春雨 (Spring Rain) (1571 words) by faviconmercredigirl
Fandom: Firefly
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Simon Tam, River Tam
Summary:

They depart, far away from the spaceship where the 汉字 are painted all backwards and wrong.

The story of Dr Tan Jiaming and his sister Hena, and how they left Serenity.



But some days, fuck you Joss, you racist asshole. I don't understand this, like, 60% of this fic, because I don't know Mandarin/Cantonese, and that is why I re-read it every now and again, because it is absolutely worth it to read something that is so not for me and makes no bones and no apologies for it.

And last, http://bookelfe.livejournal.com/35066.html, which is a stiletto in the heart, you don't feel anything at first and then holy shit blood all over the floor.

Possibly more later!

Date: 2012-01-24 12:34 am (UTC)
watersword: Keira Knightley, in Pride and Prejudice (2007), turning her head away from the viewer, the word "elizabeth" written near (Default)
From: [personal profile] watersword
Oh, oh, also, there is a king hell lot of awesome Narnia gen being posted recently — check out [personal profile] rthstewart and [profile] cofax!

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Date: 2012-01-24 03:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] swamp-adder.livejournal.com
I'm not sure how recent "relatively recent" is -- I haven't read that much fic at all in the past year, so most of these are at least a couple of years old. But I read almost exclusively genfic, so I thought I'd toss out a few recs anyway.


Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality (http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5782108/1/Harry_Potter_and_the_Methods_of_Rationality) by Eliezer Yudkowsky
Fandom: Harry Potter
Summary: Petunia married a professor, and Harry grew up reading science and science fiction. Then came the Hogwarts letter, introducing strange new opportunities to exploit. And new friends, like Hermione, and Professor McGonagall, and Professor Quirrell.

This is an epically long AU where Harry is a genius/child prodigy who attempts to deconstruct the magical world scientifically. The early chapters are mostly comedic but it gets darker later on. The writer openly admits that the fic is basically a tract for his (scientific, rationalist) worldview, but honestly it only gets annoyingly preachy in a couple of places. Mostly it's just an awesome fic. It's also now longer than the first three HP books put together, and it's still in progress.



Sub Rosa (http://prof-pangaea.livejournal.com/115264.html) by [personal profile] prof_pangaea
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes

I'm not sure whether this is more properly classified as fanfic or fanart! Either way, it's a beautiful work. The Hiatus, as told through a series telegrams exchanged by the Holmes brothers. This one's from 2005, so maybe too old for this post, but it's one of my favorites so I just had to mention it on the chance that you hadn't seen it.



The Bloody Revenge of Jefferson Hope (http://archiveofourown.org/works/299438/chapters/479227) by qikiqtarjuaq (http://archiveofourown.org/users/qikiqtarjuaq/pseuds/qikiqtarjuaq)
Fandom: Without a Clue
Summary: Left behind to his own devices while Watson is away for a case, Holmes decides to give his own unique spin to his adventures with Watson.

A Study in Scarlet retold in the universe of the movie Without a Clue, where Watson is the real genius and Holmes is a fake. Extremely funny.



Sherlock Holmes and the Ravenclaw Codex (http://dolorous-ett.livejournal.com/91506.html) by [personal profile] dolorous_ett
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter
Summary: A Sherlock Holmes mystery set in Victorian Hogwarts and London. A valuable artefact has been stolen from Hogwarts, and the only suspect - a Muggleborn pupil - has disappeared. Headmaster Phineas Nigellus Black summons Holmes to Hogwarts to retrieve the Ravenclaw Codex, but things are not as simple as they seem, and Holmes and Watson soon find themselves in the middle of a most perplexing case.

Yes, it's a Holmes/HP crossover. It's better than it sounds!



The Case of the Dead Detective (http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5479136/1/The_Case_of_the_Dead_Detective) by Westron Wynde (http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1507793/Westron_Wynde)
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes
Summary: A troubling case reunites Holmes and Watson under unusual circumstances in 1931 for what could be their last great adventure together. A post-retirement story with a supernatural difference!

Yeah, okay, so Holmes dies and comes back as a ghost. Again: better than it sounds. I'm a fan of a lot of WW's fics, but this is one of my favorites of hers.

Date: 2012-01-24 03:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] swamp-adder.livejournal.com
Oops, I screwed up the links. Sorry about that.

Forgot to say

Date: 2012-01-24 08:11 am (UTC)
rydra_wong: Lee Miller photo showing two women wearing metal fire masks in England during WWII. (Default)
From: [personal profile] rydra_wong
What's the best gen you've read lately?

Permission to signal-boost?

Date: 2012-01-24 04:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] resolute
(Here via rydra_wong)

Types of Gen-fic, in my head:

Case-fic:

My Yuletide story, Domestic Affairs, a Vorkosigan story about Ekaterin and Miles' marriage. It's het in the sense that they are married, and in love, but gen in the sense that the focus of the story is Ekaterin adjusting to her new life.

Go catch a falling star, Doctor Who / Lord Peter Whimsey crossover. Again, married people are married, but the entire story could either be an episode of Doctor Who or a Dorothy Sayers short story.

The point and purpose of casefic, as far as I can tell, it to tell a story that the original canon could have included, but didn't.

Character study:

A Clear Glass Window, At a Sea Dawn. Chalion story about Umegat, after the events of the Chalion books. While this could be casefic, I feel that the intention and purpose of the story is to explore a character who was not the lead in the previous books. This particular story does feature a gay hustler who tries to seduce Umegat -- if by gen you mean you want no sexual activity in the story at all, then this is not for you. But if by gen you mean sexual activity is not the point of the story, this is gen.

Fix-it fic:

Dragonsearch is a story that specifically addresses the sexual politics and misogyny of the Pern books, in character and with excellent writing. It is also case-fic in that it could *easily* be a canon short story, but I personally feel that this is more pointed in its goals.

Inverse fic:

The Dust of the World takes the premise of the Bordertown books and writes a spot-on Bordertown story with the premise inverted. Other examples of this are the Bab 5 episode told from the point of view of the janitors, or a hypothetical story in Buffy fandom told from the point of view of a demon. (A fix-it fic might be a SPN story told from the point of view of one of the women, for instance.)

Curtain-fic!

Solutions For Better Living is New Avengers comic book curtain fic, in that the Avengers go shopping at Ikea. It also features a fight against robots, and discussion on canon and non-canon romantic relationships. But the point and purpose of the story is the way the entire team interacts, and how well they know each other, and how they are comfortable together or not. That's my definition of curtain-fic, personally.

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Date: 2012-01-24 04:32 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] brownbetty
Man, I went to look at my bookmarks I've labelled gen or bob, and dot dot dot.

A lot of them, it seems, I've labelled gen/bob because they were manifestly not ship-fic, like, okay:

All the Stars Look Down, by [livejournal.com profile] snake_easing, is the story of Lonely Place of Dying!Tim Drake added to ASBAR!fucked up Bruce and underage Dick, and ... I genuinely can't remember if there's a sexual relationship between Tim and Dick in that story, but it hardly matters since it could hardly make it more creepy, or materially change the levels of incestuous over-involvement.

Or, Starts Again, by [livejournal.com profile] twfftw, which, I think, is about about the Mentalist's Jayne has isolated himself from humanity and has cut himself off from relationships, but it does this by giving him retrograde amnesia, and showing how amnesiac!Jayne is different. I mean, it restores his memory at the end, and he's like "Whoops, that was a near thing, almost had a human connection/happy moment, there" but is this really gen, since it is a story about (lack of) romantic relationships? If this is gen, it is certainly a story gen can tell that 'ship-fic can't, but I'm not persuaded it's gen.

My Home And Native Land, by Sam, is more "classically" gen, since it's about Ronan Dex's quest for a people to belong to, and I suppose you could say this is a story that could not have been told if it hadn't been gen, because if he'd been in a relationship with someone, he'd have been marrying into a nation, rather than picking one based on its perceived merits.

Then, I guess, while we're on stuff Sam wrote, It's Not the Violin, which. Again, can we really call this gen, just because it lacks sex, and is in part about the fact the relationship is non-sexual? I mean, the entire thing is about the relationship between John and Sherlock, and if it's not sexual, well, that seems a silly sticking point.

So yeah. Gen on the theme of "What is gen, really?"

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Date: 2012-01-24 05:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] vive
Here via [personal profile] rydra_wong.

I have a weakness for kid-fic. And siblings-fic. And fairytale-fic. And team-fic. I usually just assume that anything doesn't have a 'ship as one of the primary focuses is gen.

The Spring Bride (3489 words) by faviconwaldorph
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Snow White (Fairy Tale), Fairy Tales & Related Fandoms
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Snow White, Queen (Snow White), Huntsman (Snow White), King (Fairy Tales)
Summary:

When she came to the palace, the king had a wife. It's important to remember that. That when she came to the palace, the king was already wed.


Old Hope (8046 words) by faviconfeverbeats
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Thor (2011), Thor (Comics), Norse Mythology
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Loki (Marvel)
Summary:

"It's always something," Loki says a little desperately. "I'm always too hot, too cold, not male enough, not female enough. Intentions too good, intentions too bad."


The New Deal (33512 words) by faviconCloser
Chapters: 15/15
Fandom: Suits (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Harvey Specter, Mike Ross, Jessica Pearson, Dana Scott
Summary:

Harvey Specter, second year law student at Harvard, was walking home one night when he found a teenaged runaway named Mike freezing to death on his doorstep.


Blue Monday (11804 words) by faviconirrelevant
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Batman Beyond, DCU Animated, Blue Beetle (Comic)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Matt McGinnis, Maxine Gibson, Terry McGinnis, Miguel Diaz, Bruce Wayne, Wally West, Ace the Bathound
Summary:

Beetle beyond.


Thicker Water (4034 words) by faviconpprfaith
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Inception (2010), The Avengers (2012)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Arthur (Inception), Natasha Romanov, Eames (Inception), Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Dom Cobb, Ariadne (Inception)
Summary:

Arthur and Natasha rarely make it to their Gamma's birthday, but business keeps them in touch.


Captain Sherlock Holmes of the Good Ship Borealis (1478 words) by faviconwhat_alchemy
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sherlock (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Sherlock Holmes, Mummy (Sherlock), Mycroft Holmes, Original Male Character
Summary:

"Initially, he wanted to be a pirate." - Mycroft Holmes, A Scandal in Belgravia

Sherlock is six years old when he begins to travel the world collecting treasure.

esmenet: Kaitou Kid grinning (:D no snipers this heist!)
From: [personal profile] esmenet
My favorite type of gen-that-needs-to-be-gen-to-work is the kind where someone goes off on their own to sort themselves out—typically this involves a lot of walking and a lot of looking at things and a lot of shallow-but-meaningful encounters/relationships with people, like when you meet someone who lets you borrow their cellphone or starts a conversation over a book you're looking at. But what it's really all about is the character in question getting some space from all the stuff that happened in canon, to deal with themselves on their own terms.

Examples:

Can't Go Back the Same Way You Came (post-Thor 2011, ignores "secret" ending; Loki travels northern America and makes friends)

There's a kind of post-canon 'building' fic, which is about people doing work of some kind, making peace or building houses or just doing their jobs, which can't really afford to be about people's romantic relationships.

Examples:

Where Sister and Brother and God-Kin Know Us (spoilers for the end of Fullmetal Alchemist manga/Brotherhood, but can probably be read without knowledge of canon), An Ordinary Session (Natsume Yuujinchou, OC-centric)


And occasionally you get the gen subset of relationships-that-shouldn't-work-but-do, in which there are conversations that friends and chosen-family can have that romantic partners wouldn't.

Examples:

Building a Playlist For a Friendship (post-Thor, Loki and Darcy, sequel to another fic but can probably read standalone)

Date: 2012-01-24 10:29 pm (UTC)
rhivolution: the Doctor, pointing at his shop name badge: The Doctor/here to help (Here to help: The Doctor)
From: [personal profile] rhivolution
In perfect honesty? I came here about to recommend a couple of things I really liked, then realised you were the one who wrote them both. [sheepish]

The Ivory Horn by [archiveofourown.org profile] kaydeefalls is a very good His Dark Materials/Narnia crossover. Heartbreaking and fascinating world fusion.

The End and the Way by [archiveofourown.org profile] luzula is Left Hand of Darkness fic from this Yuletide and it reads like canon. Seriously could go alongside 'Coming of Age in Karhide'.

The Third Student by [archiveofourown.org profile] schemingreader reworks and repositions a classic Sherlock Holmes story from the perspective of a person of colour.

Dallased (Intro to Dream Interpretation 101) by [archiveofourown.org profile] lorax happily plays and metas and critiques fandom cliches while being spot-on Community fic.

Out of Season by [archiveofourown.org profile] edenfalling looks at Narnia from the Calormen perspective. I liked the main character (OFC) a lot. (Disclaimer: I didn't read this as problematic, but I'm not the best person to judge--others likely will be able to look at this better than I can.)

Seconding a bunch of what others recommended:
The First Time
Election Days
Robots Need Love Too (which is a touch shippy but the world-building is worth it)
Lunch and Other Obscenities
Dragonsearch

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Date: 2012-01-24 11:46 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] saralakali
Our Right and Right Trusty Well-Beloved Cousins

I Spy-West Wing crossover

Crossover

Burn Notice-James Bond crossover

Both by Leviathan.

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Date: 2012-01-25 02:09 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] minoanmiss
Two/Three fics by Dira Sudis. (All are in series that also contain non-gen fic, but none of the other fics needs to be read.)

Which In Your Case You Have Not Got. Generation Kill/A Companion to Wolves crossover, rated Teen, 8991 words, incidental non-pivotal slash.

And All Its Clear Relations, Doctor Who/Vorkosiverse crossover, rated G, reads like a tie-in novel for intelligent ten year olds (I mean that in all the best ways). Incidental non-pivotal het.

The Moffatt Bridge Generation Kill/Newsflesh crossover, rated Teen, zombies.
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a few recs

Date: 2012-01-25 03:03 am (UTC)
cofax7: Sikozu: Elitist self-proclaimed arbiter of good fic (FS - Elitist -- Shaye)
From: [personal profile] cofax7
Magibrain's Beneath a Beating Sun (SG-1), which I think works best as gen, because both the reader's expectations and the character dynamics would be markedly different if there were any kind of romance in it. This goes sharply AU around season 7.

Nomad's Harry Potter and the Curse of Durand, which is a fine version of a jossed Book 6, with sound characterizations and great plotting. I guess this one isn't new, but I only read it last summer.

Also Glishara's Guerrilla, one of the "break all the toys" AUs, in which a sudden Cetaganda attack leaves Ivan Vorpatril in the position he's spent his entire life trying to avoid: in charge. (Vorkosiverse)

Oh, and a very well-done crossover: Sharpe's Dragon, by Blackdisa, in which Sharpe gets gazetted into the Air Corps by accident. (Sharpe/Temeraire)

[personal profile] rthstewart and [personal profile] bedlamsbard's Narnia fic don't quite fall into the pure gen category, but they work as Bob-fic: stories which are mostly not about romance, but in which characters have relationships, some of which are romantic/sexual.

Of the stories I read for Yuletide this year, probably the best was The End and the Way, a coming-of-age story set on Gethen, which is really the best example of what I would call Bob: sex is merely another part of life, not the point of the story (Left Hand of Darkness). I also really liked George Town, Grand Cayman, a WWZ story with some interesting things to say.
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Date: 2012-01-25 04:10 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kindkit
I'm here via [personal profile] brownbetty's link. I read a fair amount of gen, but very little of the type that's basically your sole definition, casefic. I'm seldom interested in plot, but I love character exploration (also metacommentary and other twisty things).

I should note that my definition of gen allows for there to be pairings in the background, because in real life many people do have sexual or romantic relationships with other people, and categorically excluding those relationships seems too limiting to me. And the pairings don't have to be canon ones; it's worth thinking about the fact that if one asserts that only canon pairings are acceptable in gen, then because of the heteronormative nature of nearly all canons, gen fic will hardly ever have queer characters in it.

So, a few recs for things I've enjoyed relatively recently (within the year-and-a-bit).

The Anatomist (24253 words) by faviconrosa_acicularis
Chapters: 4/4
Fandom: Sherlock (TV)
Rating: Mature
Warning: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: Molly Hooper/Jim Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes/Molly Hooper, Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Characters: Molly Hooper, Jim Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes, John Watson
Summary: When they are children, Moriarty is a game. A story they tell only to each other, in whispers. Jim and Molly Moriarty, from the beginning.


Getting Paid (2364 words) by faviconoctopedingenue
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Deadpool (Comics), X-Force (Comics), Marvel 616
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Deadpool, Weasel, Logan (X-Men), Warren Worthington III, Deathlok, Fantomex, Taskmaster
Summary: What happens in campus Illuminati assassin squad stays in campus Illuminati assassin squad.


A Document in Madness (4941 words) by faviconMeasured_Words
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hamlet - Shakespeare
Rating: Mature
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Laertes (Hamlet), Ophelia (Hamlet), Polonius, Gertrude (Hamlet), Claudius (Hamlet)
Summary:

Laertes knows what is rotten in the sate of Denmark. He'd really rather not return, but finds himself summoned home on the the death of the king.



Darkness on the Deep (1041 words) by faviconfresne
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hebrew Bible
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: God, Adam, Eve, Lilith
Summary: Crack. Boom. Expand. Heaven. Earth. And God said, “Cool.”


Goodnight Room (2825 words) by faviconSkogkatt
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Goodnight Moon - Margaret Wise Brown
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Bunny (Goodnight Moon)
Summary: Bunnies ... in ... SPAAAAAAAACE!

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Date: 2012-01-25 05:41 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] saraht
Isn't the tyranny of genre bad enough without reducing them to two???

I don't know, man, I've rarely written a story that would be improved by slapping a label on it.

Date: 2012-01-25 09:51 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] snowynight
Fandom: Thorneyhold - Mary Stewart
Title: Letters From My Namesake
Rating: General Audience
Warning: No archive warning apply
Summary: Letters between two cousins show a year-long friendship (my summary)
Reason for rec: A lovely character study. I nearly skipped over this fic and I'm glad I didn't. I like the lovely details, the delight in the little treasure of daily life.

Fandom: Dil Chahta Hai | Do Your Thing (2001)
Title: Parting the dawn rain
Rating: General Audience
Warning: No archive warning apply
Summary: In Kasauli, Sid remembers.
Reason for rec: Another lovely character study. I start this fic knowing nothing about Sid, but the author makes me fall in love with his quiet emotion and the lovely details he notices.

Fandom: Myron Bolitar - Harlan Coben
Title: To Eartha Kitt, thanks for everything, Myron Bolitar
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No archive warning apply
Summary:
“I’m not sure you could pull off the tights,” Win said. “Your ass is too flat.”
“Maybe with some padding?” Myron mused.
Reason for rec: I think the quote is enough to attract you. It's a humourous mystery story with banter and action. Enjoyable.

Fandom: Starcraft
Title: Sometimes you need to shift your game from macro to micro
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No archive warning apply
Summary: What the title says, starring a couple rebel leaders. Even with compatible management styles, it's good to be multi-focused.
Reason for rec: It's a very exciting action story. It moves as fast speed and keeps at the edge of my seat.

Fandom: River Man (song)
Title: Life in Time
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No archive warning apply
Summary: Autumn’s a river winding down through the forest, a whisper of frost and a roar of color. Leaves fall into the other river, the one made of water, and flow on towards the immeasurable horizon, where the ocean teems on what might be the edge of the world. Nothing’s known but Betty’s coming, sure as the wind, which lacks constancy save for its presence.
Reason for rec: The story is very lyrical and stylistic, and I love the female characters' friendship a lot.

Fandom: Mother 3
Title: Sensorimotor Calibrations
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No archive warning apply
Summary: The cybernetic organism that once was Claus is making great progress.
Reason for rec: It's a dark and creepy piece about experimentation on a sentient character. I like the atmosphere.

Fandom: Petr & the Wulf (Album)
Title: Homo Homini Luus
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No archive warning apply
Summary: Of men, beasts, and things in between.
Reason for rec: This's a beautiful story about lessons given by Wolf to Peter. I really like how the poignant he Wolf's lessons are , and Peter --- The ending is a very nice twist.

Fandom: Polynesian Mythology
Title: Journey's Beginning: Hine-ahu-one
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No archive warning apply
Summary: Hine-ahu-one gets some inspiration to explore the world.
Reason for rec: This's a beautiful fireside story. Very mythic.

Fandom: Walls of Emerald - Li Shang-Yin
Title: Green
Rating: Not Rated (I think General Audience
Warning: No archive warning apply
Summary: It is the old, old story, told in many lands by many tongues. In all places, their names are unimportant -- what matters is how they tell it, how they live it. Sometimes it is told in yellow, sometimes red or black. In the Upper Kingdom of Shanghua Station, this time it is green.
Reason for rec: This science fiction story has a lot of original world building and amazing imagery. Masterful use of canon material

Fandom: Dancing Meteorite and the Stolen Law -- Anne Mason
Title: Noodle Soup
Rating: General Audience
Warning: No archive warning apply
Summary: Kira has been in the unique position of observing the first stumbling explorations of both human and Vallusian cadets, and thinks things could be done better.
Reason for rec: This is a humourous story featuring no-nonsense Kira and her cadets. Very funny.

Fandom: Lost Odyssey
Title: The Key in the Closed-off Town
Rating: General Audience
Warning: No archive warning apply
Summary: A tale of freedom and beginnings. In Uhra, Ming sees a child playing by herself, her toys carefully hoarded under a worn coat. That night, she dreams of a time when she hadn't yet met Numara's blue coasts.
Reason for rec: A lovely character study story. Ming as a curious Immortal, Daria 's toughness and Seth all intrigue me and make want to play the game. I love the imagery and how their lives link together.

Fandom: Pearl Jam
Title: a star in somebody else’s sky
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No archive warning apply
Summary: “Eddie was very shy – he was self-conscious and not very comfortable. Until him and Cornell went out one night.” – Pearl Jam 20
Reason for rec: This's a story about growth, about time and about relationship. Very touching.

Fandom: Ya lyublyu tebya | You I Love (2004)
Title: Making Good News
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No archive warning apply
Summary: Vera is stressing out -- over her family life, over her job, over no being able to stop eating. All news seems to be bad news, until she decides to make some good ones for herself.
Reason for rec: The author throws me into Vera's stressed life, makes me sympathized, worried and cheered with her. Good job.

Fandom: Toukaidou Hisame
Title: Chestnuts out of Season
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: Author choose not to warn
Summary: Shion is a man, with his own money and a master of his own choosing, yet he still bears scars of his childhood.
Reason for rec: I have a feeling that I may not like the character in canon, but the author makes him understandable without shying away from the darker side of his personality. Great job.

Fandom: Changelings the Dreaming
Title: The Shining Gates
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No archive warning apply
Summary: The world is a changing place in the early nineteenth-century. The world struggles against the encroaching banality of industry, but the Dreaming has its own dangers - quests and costs and legacies inherited from the Age of Wonder when the Sidhe withdrew from the world.

The Lord of Kelham Manor calls an outsider to help him find as stolen treasure, hoping to find a solution to a larger problem at an old freehold he has found and claimed.
Reason for rec: OK, I cheat. I know this fandom. But this supernatural mystery's so great that you don't need canon to enjoy it.

Date: 2012-01-25 06:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] marycontrary
Sentinel gen: http://soulcake.skeeter63.org/imperfections.html

Generally case fic with non-sexual but intense relationship building, so possibly my rec is another example of fangirls not reccing what you want. This imitates the source in being about two dudes who are pretty emotionally dependent, but instead of Jim being the only sentinel, the world has lots of them. The really awesome thing about it is that most minor character sentinels are main characters from other fandoms. Using recognizable characters for bit parts lets the author do a lot of clever world-building without the text dump you'd need to learn that this red-haired guide/FBI sentinel pair believes the Truth about aliens is Out There. It reminds me a bit of pre-copyright stories where everyone could steal a good character to make a point, or just to put a sparkle on a dull bit of the story.

Gen recs

Date: 2012-01-26 01:00 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] elanya
I also have a hard time categorizing Gen stories, but I do have a few recs from my AO3 bookmarks, and some of my own stories because I'm shameless that way :p

The True Death of Frank Gardiner (4641 words) by faviconmattador
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Cthulhu Mythos - Lovecraft
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Characters: Original Characters
Summary:

I have seen things under the water that no laughing sailor's tale, no matter how gruesome or exaggerated, could ever fathom.  And the most fearful thing I have ever seen is the death of Frank Gardiner.


--Cthulhu story - Gen horror! I'm not sure how you would classify this, beyond that... Adventure? D:

The Terror from Bohemia: Being the Reminiscences of John H. Watson, M.D., in the Year of the Old Ones 745 (1983 words) by faviconSatchelfoot
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: A Study in Emerald - Gaiman
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: None
Characters: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, Irene Adler
Summary:

Holmes and Watson, having escaped to the rookery of St. Giles, meet a mysterious woman who also has a talent for killing royalty.


--More horror gen, would likely count as casefic.

I Wot There Lies a New-Slain Knight (100 words) by faviconGileonnen
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: English and Scottish Popular Ballads - Child
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Edward (Child ballads), Twa Corbies
Summary:

"In ahint yon auld fail dyke, / I wot there lies a new slain knight; / And nane do ken that he lies there, / But his hawk, his hound an his lady fair."


--I'm not sure you would classify this as gen... it is post relationship, but that is essential to the story. The author classified it that way, possibly for lack of a better term/category... It's a drabble, so it is more a coda to a whole story than anything else.

What brings you here so late? (359 words) by faviconNaraht
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: English and Scottish Popular Ballads - Francis James Child
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: The False Knight, The Child
Summary:

All the ways the tale might be told, and one in particular.


--This is also not a traditional story format, as it is a re-telling, and in someways a story archetype for the ballad it references... Totally gen though. Not sure how you would classify it.

(and now for the narcissism >.>)

Witchward Ho! (2008 words) by faviconMeasured_Words
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Warlock (1989)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Kassandra (Warlock), Giles Redferne
Summary:

Kassandra (with a K) and Redferne (with an R) stop for breakfast in Utah before they hit Colorado and catch up with their quarry.


--This is a missing scene fic, more than anything. It is not a whole story on its own by a long shot, but still a valid fic format I think...

The New Game (4718 words) by faviconMeasured_Words
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Fall of Ile-Rien - Wells
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Nicholas Valiarde, Guilliame Gerard
Summary:

Nicholas Valiarde enlists Gerard's aid in tracking down Gardier spies in Vienne.


--Casefic, and post-canon world exploration.


The Sister's Bargain (1271 words) by faviconMeasured_Words
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hazards of Love (Album)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: The Queen
Summary:

What ever happened to that freaking baby, anyway? :V


--I'm not sure how to qualify this one either, and I wrote it! Post-canon, sequel story, perhaps? but I don't think that's the kind of qualification you're looking for.

Date: 2012-01-26 01:44 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ayalesca
I am not sure that themes for genfic are all that different from romantic-fic, so I am uncertain why this is specifically asking about themes for genfic (but it makes sense to ask for recs for genfic). One can have casefic with or without romance, going-onna-quest fic with or without romance, etc. There's very little I can think of -- weddingfic, blanketfic, PWP are the only ones that come to mind -- that can't be written without the element of romance or sexytimes. So I think the vast majority of a list of fanfiction plot tropes would be applicable to both genfic and romantic-fic.

Even though one might lose all the fics that explicitly about romance, one could counter that with fic explicitly about the growing of a friendship (example from Trek: Spock&McCoy friendship fic). The numbers may not match up but you could make an argument that one maps onto the other. Similarly you could map PWP and even some H/C onto WAFF ("warm and fuzzy feeling" is what anime fandom called it, dunno if other fandoms do too). So there are plenty of analogies.

And now for a self-promoting moment: The Little Vulcan, exactly what it sounds like. Rated G, even! (Star Trek/The Little Prince fusion). I don't actually know how I'd categorize it. XD;

Date: 2012-01-26 07:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jenna_thorn
That's kind of my thought. My gen fic falls into case fic and character study. So does my slash fic. So does the wierd cracked out crossoverfic.

Which is probably my failure to understand the differences or being to close to the source or something.

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