Well I know you all missed Eric, that’s a no brainer, but you probably aren’t missing my constant spamming of your inbox with updates, yet here I am again. I’m still sick and I probably won’t be posting until early next week but I have alternate reading recommendations for you instead. I promised msbuffy a list of little gems that usually get overlooked on ff.net and elsewhere on the internet when I was not so subtly hinting she should use her blog to champion stories. A nice side effect of the Dream Team nominations were that some lesser known authors came to prominence by notification of other writers and I feel there should be more of this as ff.net is an impossible site to navigate.
I decided I may as well share it with the rest of the class seeing that it has been a rather quiet week on the update front and a couple of reviewers let me know that they are sharing my misery of bed confinement and giant stacks of tissues. I hope the quiet is down to the fact that everyone is preparing an entry for Sephrenia’s Writing Challenge and if you’re not get to it 😉 … if you continue to insist you’re a better reader than writer enjoy the list below and feel free to share your overlooked gems. My criteria was pretty much anything under 500 reviews, one peaked barely above that and since I love that story so much I allowed for it…
Wonderland by Secret Nerd Princess
Sookie meets the 10th Doctor. Set after the 4th book, Dead to the World, and the second season of Doctor Who. The Doctor takes Sookie on a trip through time and space to discover the truth about a certain Viking vampire who she might sorta kinda maybe love. Rated M for possible future scenarios. I don’t own The Doctor, Sookie, Eric, or Pam. The BBC & Charlaine Harris do.
I don’t usually read crossover fics because I know too little of the other realms but this one you can read with ease without knowing the intricacies of Dr. Who (I certainly don’t). It’s a wonderful rich story that allows Sookie to travel across time where she continually crosses Eric’s path and finally begins to understand the man as he makes his memories through time where so far she has only been able to share her heart with an amnesiac Eric. -Not yet complete-
The Arranged Marriage by lilka6666
To Sookie’s dismay, a handsome, mysterious figure she doesn’t know wants her to be his wife. There is so much to this stranger Eric, than is seen to the eye. When Sookie discovers what dark secrets he is hiding, dating back to childhood, as well the dangers about the world they live in, will she be able to fully let him in? AU- before and after revelation. A darker Eric. OOC.
You most likely won’t like this Eric, he isn’t sweet or attentive but rather outright manipulative. It’s besides the point… I like this story because it offers something completely different in tone and style. The author mentioned somewhere she wanted the feel of the movie ‘Let the Right One in’ and it indeed has that eerie silence in it as the story preys on that shady grey area of morality between right and wrong. Eric isn’t abusive or overtly evil but he isn’t exactly good either. Sadly this story has not been updated in a while but I’m still hoping there will be more to come of this in the future as it has been a rivetting read so far. -Not yet complete-
Eric returns Sookie’s house with designs to win her; instead, they discover each other. Warm, sensual, a little cerebral. Rated M for evocative and increasingly explicit content. (top of Season 4)
This is like high quality dark chocolate or a fine wine. It needs to be savoured in small bites, it’s mostly style and little substance in a really good way. Eventually there is a little plot but really I wouldn’t have cared if it was there or not because the prose simply made it a joy to read. -Complete-
Best friends Sookie and Tara do something they never would have ordinarily done, in going to vampire bar Fangtasia. But what happens when Sookie is mistaken for a fangbanger by none other than vampire Eric Northman himself, man-gropes him, and meanwhile captures the grumpy and troubled vampires interest? Mostly silliness, craziness and fun. Smutty/Humour.
In all honesty based on the description I wasn’t expecting much, fearing that it would be a little infantile but this story has had me laughing out loud and in hysterics many times. Silliness is probably the best description although there is plenty of thoughtfulness too. In the first couple of chapters the story really needs to find its feet by admittance of the author herself but I love how it progresses and how unconventional the E/S dynamic is in this one although in this universe they are simply known as Grumpy and Perky to me. -Eagerly waiting on updates on this, so unfortunately still not complete but definitely worth the read-
Eric must complete one last task for the season. EPOV, E/S, AU, somewhat canon, somewhat human, rated MA. In progress.
I discovered J.R. Watkins’ works off ff.net after she left it so I have no idea how well known or popular her stories are but they all rank among my favourites for being so discerningly different from the rest. It’s a little early for Christmas but my local supermarket is already selling junk for our St. Nick’s version in early December so I figured why not? I don’t want to give too much away because this story really needs to unravel itself but I enjoyed every bit of it. Officially this is not yet complete but where the final chapter stands one could easily take it as an open end.
Set in the 1950s. Buffy is a good girl. Spike is a very bad boy. She’s not supposed to like boys like him. this was written for my friend vamptastica’s birthday and is much lighter fare than my other spuffy fic. completed one-shot posted in two parts (cuz it got too damn long)
#trueconfession I have been cheating on our favourite couple with another blonde set. I don’t usually read outside of the SVM/TB realm but this past week had me bored and when someone favourited me on ff.net I took a look at what else they were favouriting and stumbled accross a Spuffy story (Spike/Buffy). It’s a lot harder to find quality stuff in that fandom due to sheer volume but also because it’s very canon loyal and I don’t remember enough of the show to read that properly which means I had the joy to find this among the remnants. It is incredibly sweet and cute, totally in tune with the 1950s era and it may be Spuffy but you could easily interchange one couple for the other if you were a lazy plagiarist. (That is not an encouragement but if you know nothing of Buffy the Vampire Slayer simply insert Eric and Sookie’s names in your mind as you read.)
Speaking of which I came across another story there that sounded exactly like an E/S story I have read but couldn’t remember by whom and I wanted to check there was no plagiarism happening there. Synopsis: Eric and Sookie hate each other but when his best friend, Alcide and her cousin Hadley die in a car accident they are forced to live together and take care of the baby they left behind. If anyone knows the title and author please let me know.
Please note: I don’t know if the direct story link will work on this one as you need to click for age consent, but the author link definitely works.