Rectober # 3: Stories that started it

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One of the great things in fandom is to discover something new - a new fandom to dive into, a new writer to explore, or a new pairing to immerse yourself in.
Sometimes it happens over time, but sometimes, it's a specific story or artwork that makes me go, "Oh yes,this makes so much sense, I love this and now I totally want to read more of it!"

This rectober entry is about some of those stories for me, the ones that made me fall in love with a character or a pairing I might've liked before, but not necessarily been in love with. It is not, by any means, a complete list of pairings that I like, but pairings where I can say, yes, that story truly convinced me.

Harry Potter fandom in general, via Remus Lupin and Remus/Tonks:
Blindsided by shimotsuki
Summary: Remus makes a terrifying discovery, but he really should have seen it coming. For her part, Tonks discovers just how much Remus intends to deny himself—and her.
Rating: PG
Word Count: 5590
My thoughts: I used to be such a fandom novice, it's not all that many years ago I hardly even knew it existed. I came into it when I searched for more to read about Remus. This fic was the first fanfic I ever read that was really good, that made sense, and it was my way into HP fandom. shimotsuki has written a wonderful series about Remus and Tonks, where she shows us rich characters and manages to combine R & T from HBP and DH with the Remus we know from PoA and the Tonks we know from OotP. When I was first searching around, in the very beginning, I was a bit sceptical about how much fun Harry Potter stories that weren't written by JKR could be. Ha! I was very happy to be proven wrong, and this is the fic that started it all for me.

Without Fear by remuslives23
Summary: “You have to know the past to understand the present” – Carl Sagan. Sirius finds a bundle of letters that make him revisit his past – his hopes, his fears, his regrets.
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 36,657
My thoughts: This fic was written for a Sirius Black Big Bang where the site unfortunately seems to be taken down, so I was happy to see this up on AO3!
When I first read the HP book series, I thought that the idea of Remus and Sirius together made a lot of sense, but it was fandom that really made me ship them and understand Sirius' character better than I did before. This was the very first Remus/Sirius fic I ever read, and after having read about one third of this story, I was completely enthralled by these two.

The Voldemort Manor by kedavranox
Summary: The Malfoy Manor is a state run museum, renamed The Voldemort Manor by the Ministry for Magic. As part of his probation, Draco is assigned as sole caretaker. When the Manor hosts a series of high class events celebrating the Wizarding World’s fourth Yuletide season Post War, it brings with it a swathe of people Draco hasn’t seen in years; including one, Harry Potter.
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 40,616
My thoughts: H/D used to be one of those pairings that I read every now and then. I could understand the appeal, but I wasn't really into them. It started to change with for instance a few stories by dysonrules. And then I read this one, and it was like a punch in the gut, in the very best of ways. I loved this Draco, this broken, but determined man. The take on Harry is also an interesting one, but it was Draco that stole my heart. And the writing in this fic is wonderful.

Draco/Albus Severus:
Unguarded by birdsofshore
Summary: Staying with Scorpius for the first time proves to be more eventful than Albus expected, right from the moment when he walks in on Mr Malfoy shaving.
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 15,300
My thoughts: This is a pairing I hadn't given a lot of thought, and the cross-gen aspect is usually not a huge thing for me in itself. But this fic, though. It's beautifully written, and yes, very hot (as in very hot), but all the scenes tell us so much about who these characters are, and they all make sense. And that will always be my favourite kind of smut.

Stop Me If You Think That You've Heard This One Before by dueltastic
Summary: Severus and Minerva both survive the war and think they have another chance together, but the war leaves scars that neither expected.
Rating: R
Word Count: 6000
My thoughts: I don't ship Severus with anyone very easily, but this really works. The characterisations are rich and beautiful, and the writing is full of charming details that made this come to life. There are plenty of funny lines, but the overall mood is bittersweet, showing us the complexity of these characters and their relationship. It feels very true, never sentimental, and I loved every word of it.
Ooo, this is a super cool idea for a post! I've only read a few of these, but I definitely agree that Unguarded and The Voldemort Manor are both excellent example of their respective pairings. :D
It's always fun and interesting to hear about people's way into fandom or into various pairings, and it was a lot of fun to think back to these stories :)

Oh so interesting! There are a handful of fics and authors for me that really pulled me into the HD fandom, and I have such nostalgia for them because of it - it makes me want to go make a new list :)

But so much YES to birdsofshore's version of Draco/Albus! I don't think I ever would have read that pairing if it wasn't for her, and those fics are *amazing*
Yes, the fics and the authors that pulled you into fandom will always remain special :)

I quite agree, the whole Draco/Albus series is perfection! <3
Oh, gosh, thank you so so much. I'm utterly flattered that you think of Unguarded that way.

This was a great idea for a rec post! Loved it.
You're very welcome, Unguarded is definitely a favourite! ♥

It's always so interesting to hear about people's way into fandom, and it was fun to put together this list :)
Oh, what a completely wonderful idea for a thematic recs post! I love this. I love hearing about other people's arcs/paths that led them into fandom, and this makes me think about my own arc, too. Anyway, lovely. :-)
Me too, I love hearing about how people came into fandom and into different pairings or genres! It was fun to think about my own journey :)
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These are all[*] pairings that I at least dabble in as a reader, but I don't think I've read any of these particular fics, and I will definitely give them a read!

[*] All except Albus Severus/Draco! For some reason, next-gen crossgen has never really appealed. But since you recommend this one so highly I will give it a try. :)
"Blindsided" will always have a special place in my heart! ♥

I hope you enjoy these fics (even Draco/Albus if you give it a try ;))
What a great idea for a rec list! And I haven't even read the one in the pairing I read most often, Remus/Sirius, so they're all new to me. Bookmarking for a rainy afternoon soon! M.
It's so much fun to hear about how people came into fandom, and it was fun to put together this list!
"Without Fear" is one of those stories that will always have a special place in my heart since it really showed me Remus/Sirius :)
What a lovely idea for a rec post. (I know I'm a little late to the party here, but I was mostly off the grid for a week...) The only ship here I really read is R/S, but that is one of my all time favorite stories. In fact, that author is (through a long series of events) how I found the Games in the first place. Love this list!
One is never too late for the party :)
It was fun making this list and thinking about my way into different pairings. Glad you enjoyed (and I'm glad that series of events led you to the Games :))