What’s a Chuck fan to do with a seven week break between new episodes? Well you can bet this fan is immersing himself in some great Chuck-themed fan fiction. We’ll focus on Christmas themed stories this time around, my recommendations after the jump.
Surprising for a show in it’s fourth season, we’ve really only had one Christmas themed episode so far (well, maybe one and a half if you count the Christmas party from the end of Crown Victoria). The intense conclusion of “Chuck vs. Santa Claus” however has generated a lot of attention in fan fiction. Many writers treat it as a crises point that leads to either very good or very bad things for Chuck and Sarah. No surprises here, I prefer the stories that lead to good things. So if you read anything I recommend you can rest assured the ending will be upbeat. You can find everything I recommend by following the atcDave link under the Fan Fiction header on the right side of this page.
My first recommendation is a one-shot written just a couple weeks after “Santa Claus” aired called “Chuck vs LA Traffic” by Ciam4527. It is set immediately after episode 2.11 and involves Chuck being stuck giving Sarah a ride to Ellie’s Christmas party right when he least wants to see her. This is one writer’s view of a good resolution to the Mauser shooting; and I think most fans would have found this a little more satisfying than what we actually got in “Third Dimension.” Especially for ‘shippers (of course if I’m recommending it that kind of goes without saying…) this tale capitalizes on the intensity of emotion we had just seen in the aftermath of the incident. A short piece, “LA Traffic” can be read in 15 minutes and contains nothing objectionable.
Next up is a slightly longer story called “Chuck vs a Grinch, Ground Rules and a Grand Marq” by Jagged1. This was written the following year, so Chuck now has the 2.0 but none of the season that shall not mentioned had aired yet; meaning everything about where things were going after The Ring was still unknown. So this AU finds us at Christmas of 2009 with teamB together, but things are somewhat strained for Chuck and Sarah. While Chuck is hoping for some time off to try and make things right, Sarah’s Christmas is canceled for a solo mission to DC. Casey has some time off coming, so after some discussion it is decided Chuck will be going home with Casey for the holiday. Sounds like fun, right? Well it really is a fun tale; and Christmas works out quite nicely for all three team members. “Grinch, Ground Rules and a Grand Marq” can be read in less than an hour and contains nothing objectionable.
Last up is truly the epic masterpiece of Chuck Christmas fiction. “A Chuckmas Carol” by mikki13 is ambitious and beautiful. It is a complete re-work of Dickens’ classic to fit the Chuckiverse. Sarah Walker gets to play Ebenezer Scrooge; she is haunted by the recently deceased Bryce Larkin (this is also set the Christmas after The Ring) who will send three ghosts to set her straight on what truly is important. This story is great fun, well told with plenty of respect for the original, and some serious tear jerker moments. I couldn’t keep a dry eye and I’m sure most you won’t either. As this was written prior to S3 some assumptions are made that are now contrary to canon, and a lot of the story involves Sarah’s past that of course could be made obsolete soon (but not for this Christmas!). “A Chuckmas Carol” will take three hours or so to read and would be rated PG for dealings with death and grief. But don’t let that put you off, Christmas theme or no, this is easily one of the best fictions of this length out there.
There are plenty of other Christmas stories out there too, some are a lot of fun. At least one other story I’ve recommended here before has a lengthy Christmas segment; “Chuck vs Life” by marybr starts after Crown Victoria and spends quite a bit of time around Chuck and Sarah’s first Christmas not quite together. That first Christmas is intense and a great hook for the rest of the tale.
For fan fiction writers it is still quite early in the season, and we haven’t really started seeing the 2010 model Christmas fictions yet. Many of you will recognize bdaddydl as a regular poster here, he is also a fan fiction writer and has written the following about upcoming Christmas fiction:
Some of the authors at Chuck FanFiction are participating in a Who Are You Challenge. In the challenge the authors write a Christmas Story 800 to 3000 words. The stories will be released (December 23/24th) without the authors name. The challenge is for the other authors to guess who wrote what. Even though readers can’t vote, the good news is that we will have a whole bunch of new Christmas fics coming out soon.
The list of Authors who have signed up are:
Liam2, TwotoTenth, chasingfireflies, sgafan360, Zeretica, crystal.elements, mxpw, Just Chuck, Mikki13, Ne71, Fated, londonwriting, SarahLisaWalkerFan101,
AwesomeMJay, chuckfan56, BDaddyDL, P.J.Murphy, minirix, Madje Knotts, Mystlynx, Frea O’Scanlin, ArmySFC, KateMcK, Tynianrex, TakeItTo22, atlee, aRegularJo. At the very least, BDaddDL is working on a second fic, and Frea O’scanlin has hinted at another holiday story. It looks like a huge Chuck fiction Christmas.
For those of you who read much fan fiction, that’s a pretty exciting list of writers working on things for the next couple weeks. And thank you very much to bdaddydl for the information.