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    November 18th, 2007

    Bouquets

    Bouquets by ShootingStar

    Summary: She still has the dried rose bouquets he sent her, you know. Back when he pursued her eagerly, happily, when he fed her corny pickup lines and tickled her at every opportunity. She never did throw the flowers out. She doesn’t know why. Oneshot, 1,258 Words.

    Why You Should Care: ShootingStar really strikes a nerve here. It wasn’t supposed to be like this, she says, and I found myself with unexpected tears in my eyes. It’s Lily/James as it probably did happen; it’s not cliched, it’s realistic. Cleverly structured, using moments and memories, this is Lily’s maturity as she realizes just what she missed. And by including a moment of sweetness at the end, the author avoids this being pure angst and gives a message of hope.

    Why You Might Not Care: Because you’re heartless. This is adorable in a tear-jerking kind of way.

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    November 4th, 2007

    Newton Knows Best

    Newton Knows Best by EntirelyToo

    Summary: Lily and James learn Newton’s Laws of Motion first hand. One Book in Motion tends to prevent two Objects Not in Motion from snogging in the stairwell… Humour, 16,628 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Anyone who’s been to a Physics lesson will find themselves howling with laughter at this fic: it’s monumentally brilliant. This is the kind of plot bunny that appears at two in the morning in conversations with friends, and it takes a writer like EntirelyToo to pull it off with this much humour. It’s fluffy, funny, random in a good way (as opposed to a ‘why the hell?!’ way) and original. With huffy!Lily and teasing!James, you’ll never see Physics the same way again.

    Why You Might Not Care: Pure fluff lies here. Nothing angsty. Nothing tear-jerking. If you don’t like to laugh, don’t look this way. (But do reconsider. Laughter is the best medicine, after all.)

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    October 27th, 2007

    Wild Things

    Wild Things by Lady Balin

    Summary: Lily encounters Padfoot, Wormtail, Moony, and Prongs in their animal forms. Hilarity, romance, and possibly some illicit groping ensue. Humour, 8,329 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is another one of those ideas that had never before occurred to me, but now seems so bloody obvious.  As the summary indicates, there is a twitch of romance, definitely some groping, and a heaping spoonful of hilarity.  I chuckled — I chuckled particularly hard at Peter’s chapter.  Very enjoyable situational comedy.

    Why You Might Not Care: When you stop and really think about it, the plot is a little contrived, but such is all stuff worthy of situational comedy — it relies on one-in-a-million chances, strange coincidences, and having the absolute worst possible thing happen at exactly the moment you wouldn’t want it to happen.  The predictable nature is part of what makes it funny — don’t look too deep, that will just ruin it.

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    October 22nd, 2007

    How To Write A Love Letter

    How To Write A Love Letter by BlueBottleButterfly

    Summary: James writes his first love letter. Well, he tries, anyway. One shot, 2,123 Words.

    Why You Should Care: I’m a total sucker for this type of fic: silly and a bit mad, and just a bit of fun. This fic is a nice antidote to anything deep, meaningful or philosophical. Sirius and James are just teenage boys, hanging out, having a laugh, thinking about girls and themselves. There’s nothing intellectual about this fic. There’s nothing heart-stopping, or moving, or eye-opening. It’s just fun.

    Why You Might Not Care: This characterisation of Sirius is a little cliched, and, as I mentioned, there’s nothing here for someone who wants a really meaty fic. Everything about this is light-hearted. Enjoy.

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    October 13th, 2007

    The Adventures of Icarus, the Invisible Poltergeist

    The Adventures of Icarus, the Invisible Poltergeist by After The Rain

    Summary: In which Mr. Prongs takes Muggle Studies, Mr. Padfoot has a crush on Professor McGonagall, Miss Evans demonstrates where her son inherited his CAPS LOCK tendencies, Mr. Wormtail discovers that his Animagus form is useful for petty theft, and Mr. Moony explains why none of this can possibly be construed as his fault. Oneshot, Humour, 7,610 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is a fantastically funny little Marauders adventure that doesn’t pretend to have any larger plot or point.  It’s something Remus and Sirius might have reminisced about one of those long nights at Grimmauld Place over glasses of gin and a comfortably crackling fire.  Molly would have padded downstairs at three in the morning looking harassed and demanded to know what could possibly have been so uproariously funny that they had to wake the entire house at such a ridiculous hour thankyouverymuch, and Sirius would have tossed back a fresh glass of liquor with a defiant smirk while Remus lowered his eyes and guiltily apologized while stifling an excess of chuckles.  I love Remus’ tone as the one telling the story, one of a slightly-too-pompous sounding sixteen-year-old, and each of the Marauders is nicely characterized.  The Muggle Studies class and the misconceptions about Muggles and Muggle technology by pureblood wizards is gold —  pure, JKR worthy gold.  Completely entertaining.

    Why You Might Not Care: I dare say there isn’t anything remotely worth putting in this section.  This fic is 100% delightful.  Have at it, with my blessing.  I’m going to go read it again.

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    September 13th, 2007

    The Platform

    The Platform by Koonelli

    Summary: ‘You must have loved her very much, not many people remember enough to wait.’ Oneshot, 1,861 Words.

    Why You Should Care: What’s most amazing about this fic is that it was written prior to Deathly Hallows release (like, significantly prior), but uses some of the same imagery to set up the first phase of the afterlife — it’s actually become even more canon than it was before, which is highly unusual. The use of the little girl who assists the dead on their next great journey is wonderful, and I love the fuzziness of James’ memory. I’m not a very spiritual person, but I liked this.

    Why You Might Not Care: Um… ah… *shrugs*. I think most people can get behind this one. Certainly James/Lily shippers will get more out of it than anyone else.

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    September 6th, 2007

    Social Niceties

    Social Niceties by ChristyCorr

    Summary: She may or may not blame the eggnog later on, of course. He cannot foresee whether she will, and cannot bring himself to care just yet. Oneshot, 2,250 Words.

    Why You Should Care: A bit of a different spin on the coming together of James and Lily that is not so far from likely as you might think. In my experience, when two people such as these decided to bring down a wall, it’s usually with a sledgehammer and a wreaking ball. I like this piece, which slides between Lily and James POVs with surprising smoothness and dares to use parenthesis to make this more than just a few steamy minutes on the stairway, but also a story in itself. Above all, they are both completely teenagers; awkward, all hands, discovering each other physically in that unrestrained way only teenagers can. I love — love — that we never hear Lily’s answer, because we really don’t need to.

    Why You Might Not Care: This is rated R, though I’m not sure it quite deserves it. There are certainly a few moments where you see why, but there’s nothing here you haven’t seen on a soap opera, so don’t let the rating scare you away. There’s just enough in it to put you in the moment with them, but it’s a stairway. How bad could it get?

    Awards: 2008 Hourglass Award, Best Het Romance — Second Place

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    August 29th, 2007

    Here at the End of All Things

    Here at the End of All Things by NotSoSoft

    Summary: Here at the end of all things, she thinks absently, immediately confused at what brought about this fleeting, unprovoked musing. Oneshot, 7,999 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Every time a class graduates, it is the end of an era, and the graduation of the Marauders is no different. NotSoSoft pens us a lovely introspective piece that takes each Marauder by turn and unfolds them at this pivotal moment. They each stand side-by-side on the edges of their own deep chasms, staring off into that terrifying thing called adulthood, and wonder where the will go and what they will do now. Peter, especially, is a remarkable version of himself here; surprisingly discerning and self-aware. He is truly a Marauder, but it is possible to see in him the things that make him lose his way, and his character study is especially revealing.

    Why You Might Not Care: People who have not yet experienced the pang and nostalgia of graduation won’t feel this in quite the same ways those who have will, but it’s good regardless. Simple, quiet, and reflective.

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    August 23rd, 2007

    Of A Sort

    Of A Sort by FernWithy

    Summary: A series of stories about the experience all Hogwarts students share: being Sorted into their houses on their first day at school. Novel Length (abandoned), 49,388 Words.

    Why You Should Care: FernWithy says in her notes that she considers this idea of hers woefully overused, but I confess I have never read a compilation like this, so for me it’s quite original. It deals a little with sorting and a lot with how the first day of school can very much affect the rest of your educational life. The seemingly benign choices made on the Hogwarts Express have lasting repercussions, some of which we’ve seen even in canon.

    Why You Might Not Care: This appears to have been abandoned as she began to attempt the sorting of the Trio Era characters, but I have rec’d it for the strength of the things I think are more valuable — that is to say, the fact that she’s already tackled the characters we haven’t seen being sorted. It’s been about a year and a half since an update, and I sort of wish she’d just ended it with the sorting of Tonks instead of trying to slog onwards. We’ve already seen Harry’s generation and their sorting, so I feel it’s unnecessary. Parts have since been made AU by new canon factoids offered by JKR, but it still stands quite well.

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    August 19th, 2007

    The Shoebox Project

    The Shoebox Project by Dorkorific and LadyJaida

    NOTE: The Shoebox Project LJ community has been hacked. The link that purportedly points to a “new” archive actually points to a keystroke-logging virus. Until the community has been restored, I’ve pointed the link to a place where you can download Shoebox chapters in PDF format.

    Summary: A multi-media Remus/Sirius extravaganze, with plenty of James, Lily and Peter thrown in to make things extra-fun. Novel Length, Probably over 100,000 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is… this is the Remus/Sirius fanfic, people. There is no other better, no other more in depth, and no other that is more realistic. If it was canon, this is how it would have been. Dorkorific and LadyJaida never forget that these are teenagers in the 70s to whom the idea of homosexuality is not an entirely comfortable one, and the coming together of Remus and Sirius is achingly slow; at some places, they almost move backwards. But every section of this fic is so fantastically well written — like a huge collection of smaller stories that link together — that it probably wouldn’t matter if Remus and Sirius never figured it out, because there are plenty of other reasons to stay and read this. It is romantic, completely comical, but 100% real and I adore it. The characters are all fantastically written, and each has their own distinctive personality (which is often a difficult thing to find in Marauder fics) and I love it. Love, love, love it. There are notes between friends, diary entires, and dozens of fantastically drawn “photos” of the golden age of the Marauders. I love it.

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s addictive. When you start, it’s very difficult not to stop. It’s also still a work in progress, and sometimes there are significant lags in between updates. But it the end it is all worth it, because this is easily one of the top five Marauder fics I have ever read. If you are one of the very, very few people who hasn’t already found this, make some time and get over there and read it for God sakes, in case the internet collapses in on itself and The Shoebox Project disappears forever. Go. NOW.

    Awards: 2007 Hourglass Award, Best Overall — First Place.

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    August 16th, 2007

    Smoke and Mirrors

    Smoke and Mirrors by Andromeda311

    Summary: Twenty somewhat related facts about the Marauders. And Lily. Drabble Collection, 1,761 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It’s such a unique idea, so simple and graceful and straightforward, but these little tidbits and trifles manage to be more telling than a novel-length MWPP-era fic, and it deals with all five characters equally and by turns. Genius.

    Why You Might Not Care: Because you’re lazy and stupid. Otherwise, you’d obviously read it.

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    August 15th, 2007

    From the Desk of James F. Potter

    From the Desk of James F. Potter by Xylodemon

    Summary: James writes his resume, and Sirius helps… or rather, doesn’t help at all. Oneshot, 650 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It’s funny as heck, that’s why. Everyone normal hates writing a resume, and it turns out wizards are no different. James and Sirius are in top-notch form, and the friendly insults and British slang runs rampant. Highly enjoyable. It brings the banter effectively.

    Why You Might Not Care: There is not point except the funny. If that’s not your cup of tea, wrong story.

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    August 14th, 2007

    Redeeming Time

    Redeeming Time by Minx (Thanks to gomita23 for the new link!)

    Summary: In the year after Sirius plays his trick on Snape, James and his friends confront changes in themselves, in their relationships, and in those around them. Novel Length, Oneshot, 45,725 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Another author tackles the impossible task of the Marauders during their last couple of years at school. What she does not do is give us every excruciating detail, but rather writes four stories that connect into one larger one. This is most assuredly a Remus/Sirius and a James/Lily, but it’s all told from James’ POV, which is an unusual choice for a slash fic. It makes the slash much more palatable for those of us who don’t usually read it, and what’s really well done is that James has to do some mental adjustments as he finds out the truth about Sirius, and later Remus, which is what any young man would have to do when confronted about this by two of his best friends. James has trouble adjusting, and while it might not be as much as real life, it is there where usual slash just sort of bypasses the awkwardness of the situation without a word. Also, I adore James’ parents in this fic, and for the rest of my life I will always believe that his mother was a painter and had just such a room full of paintings of James, canon be damned.

    Why You Might Not Care: The slash is all above board, and while it only just scrapes the delicate chastity of a kiss, it’s most definitely there and dominates the story. The boys seem a little too young throughout, like fourteen or fifteen year-old versions of themselves instead of sixteen and seventeen, and Peter is conspicuously and often absent, but in the end I enjoyed it despite all that, so good on Minx. Me and slash don’t typically get along so well.

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    August 7th, 2007

    Black and White

    Black and White by GenFicSanta

    Summary: “What’s the point, if you can’t make things better? He asked me that, and I didn’t know, I didn’t have an answer for him.” Someone is leaving unusual things on the Potter’s front step. Oneshot, 1,825 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is in many ways not really a Harry Potter fanfiction at all. James and Lily are there, along with baby Harry, but you’ll discover that’s not really what this is about. This is about life and death, and in the very spirit of JKR the author treats death honestly and in an almost brutally ordinary day-to-day fashion. The boy in this fic is every boy and girl who encountered this thing called death for the first time, and has to try and deal with the finality of it, and through him James is forced to consider the concept anew. A beautifully simple way to deal with such a complicated concept. Especially poignant when you consider this takes place only a short time from the Potters’ own death.

    Why You Might Not Care: I can’t think of one, really. This is just so simple and lovely.

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    June 24th, 2007

    The Six Degrees of Drunkenness

    The Six Degrees of Drunkenness by BeeDaily

    Summary: Scrooge-channeling Lily runs into a bit of trouble with a bottle of Ogden’s Old Firewhisky after she finds the Marauders drunk in the Head dorms. 15,809 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Everyone’s done the “she gets drunk and kisses him finally” story, if not with Lily and James than with some other pairing. It’s been done to death, over and over and over… Yet, somehow, BeeDaily manages to make it feel fresh and new again, largely through the use of three-dimensional characters who are believable and — most importantly — imperfect. Her Lily is excellent and her James is excellent. Both characters are not only believable people, but also believable teenagers. Additionally, while wearing a fluffy exterior, this fiction manages to have a surprisingly thoughtful interior.

    Why You Might Not Care: Well, obviously it’s James/Lily, so if you have a problem with that, this is decidedly not for you. And it’s a little fluffy, so if angst is your thing, this will make you gag just a little.

    Awards: 2007 Hourglass Award, Comedy – First Place.

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