Fan Fiction For a Holiday Break

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.

– Dave

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I'm 53 years old and live in Ypsilanti, Michigan. I'm happily married to Jodie. I've been an air traffic controller for 30 years; grew up in the Chicago area, and am still a fanatic for pizza and the Chicago Bears. My main interest is military history, and my related hobbies include scale model building and strategy games.
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28 Responses to Fan Fiction For a Holiday Break

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  2. Rick Holy says:

    Hey gang, just heard from our friends at Chucktv.net that NBC is going to do a THREE HOUR “CHUCK BLOCK” on Monday, December 27th – a wonderful “post Christmas” gift! Check out their site for the three episodes NBC will be airing (I think it said “Anniversary,” “First Fight,” and “Aisle of Terror.” Regardless of what episodes, THREE SOLID HOURS of CHUCK is AWESOME, baby!

    If you’re having any “post Christmas” get togethers that evening, make sure the TV is on in the background and CHUCK is one the air!!

    Have to say one thing. NBC isn’t pushing CHUCK to the side or sweeping it under the rug. It’s giving us the Dec. 20th episode and now the THREE episodes on Dec. 27th.

    So, in the spirit of the season, THANKS, NBC!!

  3. patty says:

    Good. I plan to be at my FL friend who has the neilson thing! I hope I can force him to tune in LIVE for once.

    • Rick Holy says:

      Please, Please, PLEASE DO IT! Nielsen viewers are GOLD. Tell him that hoards of CHUCK fans will be forever in his debt!! 😉 And what do we need to do to get him to tune in live EVERY week??

      • patty says:

        He usually DVR’s it his wife works at 5 am so they do not watch anything primetime.

      • Rick Holy says:

        Then is there a point in having a Nielsen Box – or am I missing something?? Seems like if you don’t watch primetime TV live, then your not being “counted” by Nielsen. Here’s a creative idea. By them a TIMER for Christmas. They can put the TV on a timer. It can go on Monday night when CHUCK starts and then turn off when CHUCK ends!! See. There’s a solution for EVERYTHING!!! 😉 🙂

      • atcdave says:

        Except Rick, Nielsen viewers are expected to journal their activity in addition to the box. They want to know who is actually watching. And when you sign your agreement with them you promise to give honest information about your viewing.

      • Rick Holy says:

        @atcdave. Didn’t know there was that much to it. But then that still leads me back to my original question. What’s the point of having a Nielsen Box – and nothing against patty’s friends, they have to get up early so they don’t watch much prime time TV – if you don’t actually WATCH primetime TV?? I mean isn’t the whole point of Nielsen to track what people are watching (especially) during prime time??

      • atcdave says:

        Nielsen does track delayed views too. Shows watched the same day count the same as live; then they also record +3 and +7 numbers, which have decreasing value. Apparently Chuck’s +7 numbers have always done very well. They really do want to track all viewing habits, but in this day and age it’s all a bit silly; various cable, satellite, DVR and internet providers know exactly what you’re watching. I would think that with certain confidentiality rules in place, very precise viewing data would be available.
        Nielsen viewers also aren’t supposed to tell anyone that they are, so Patty, your friend is living dangerously.

      • Rick Holy says:

        Dave. Thanks for the info. And maybe Patty’s friend is USED TO living dangerously. Maybe Patty’s friend is a SPY!! 😉

        P.S. Has anyone besides me noticed that over the last couple of months the CIA is actually advertising on television (for new “agents”)? Interesting.

      • patty says:

        Well he was a SEAL and he says he was often briefed by actual CIA and NSA agent before doing stuff he is not allowed to talk about. His wife’s job is VERY classified (not a spy though, an engineer), she is a former Air Force officer.

  4. Tynianrex says:

    I just send my WAY entry a few days ago.
    May I add another fic to your list Dave? It’s The Stocking, by altonish, a great christmas themed fic. I’d recomend it to anyone, it got great Charah and a SPOILER ALERT happy ending.

    • atcdave says:

      The Stocking is very good. My only hesitation on that one is the time lag between the episodes is too much. Of course its Christmas to Christmas, but it ends up meaning Sarah takes like six years to get her act together. That’s worse than the show! I do like the story, but the time involved really rubbed me wrong.

      • Tynianrex says:

        Yeah, you are right there. They do spend too much time apart. But it’s what makes it bittersweet.

      • bdaddydl says:

        It never bothered me only because the characters were ok with it, and Altoonish did a good job of not making it important
        Just read it again last week.

  5. A Chuck Fan says:

    Just found this awesome website! I love it, lots of good Chuck discussion 🙂 Hopefully it’s okay to post this in the comments section. Anyway, I wanted to mention a fanfiction I’m just now posting on fanfiction.net. It’s not really Christmas themed, but I started it last year at about this time while waiting for the new Chuck season (so does that count?) 🙂 Anyway, thought you might want to check it out. It’s called Chuck versus the Liability.
    Hope you guys have a wonderful holiday! Just a few more weeks ’til Chuck. And yes I’ll be watching Dec 27th!

    • Tynianrex says:

      I’ve been following your fic, it’s quite good and I like the long chapters. I would like a little more Chuck and Sarah, but I understand that it’s not that kind of fic.

      • A Chuck Fan says:

        Ah-ha! I knew I recognized your screen name! Thanks for the reviews by the way. There will be a bit more Chuck & Sarah towards the end… which will be coming up soon if I could only stop proof reading 🙂

    • patty says:

      yes, I have been reading and enjoying it too.

    • BDaddyDL says:

      I have to admit your secondary antagonist in that story makes menabout as angry as I was at Umbridge from Harry Potter.

      Definetly one of my favorite new stories.

      • patty says:

        Umbridge! Yep, that about sums up my take on that guy too! Don’t like him a bit. He is worse than the bad guy was. I am sure he’ll get his comeupamce though!!

        Ahem, he’d better!!

      • A Chuck Fan says:

        Thanks! It’s been interesting to read the comments about that particular character. I just wish there was a way to actually respond in the reviews section on fanfic.net. It would be quite the discussion 🙂

        And fun fact since we’re on a holiday post (sorry for straying off topic!), much of the story was actually inspired by a certain part of Chuck versus the Santa Claus. It’s hard to explain why without giving parts of the story away but it has a lot to do with where Chuck’s loyalties lie and what the government might think of that. They never really delved into that in Santa Claus, but I always found it to be an interesting issue. You’ll see in the next chapter 🙂

  6. Crumby says:

    I read Chuck vs LA Traffic and Chuck vs a Grinch, Ground Rules and a Grand Marq because they were on your favorite list Dave, and I enjoyed bith of them.

    I haven’t read A Chuckmas Carol yet, I’m a little afraid by the lenght…

    londonwriting wrote a great holiday fic called Electric Feel if I’m not mistaken, but I can’t find it anymore at FF.net. Don’t know what happenned but it’s a shame, I liked it a lot!

    I loved The Stocking too!

    • atcdave says:

      I’m not familiar with Electric Feel. Glad you liked the others Crumby. Chuckmas Carol really is worth the time; its well written, and an homage to both Dickens and Chuck. For a medium length story its among the very best, seasonal or not.

    • bdaddydl says:

      Christmas Carol is probably one of the best written stories in the genre. It shows how drama is not angst all the time. I am waiting till December 22nd to read it again.

    • patty says:

      I read LA Traffic and Chuckmas Carol only because you said they were good. (I had already read the other one, loved it) Thanks for suggesting them, they were both great. I cried my eyes out over a Chuckmas Carol!

      I usually avoid stuff like that(rewrites of other works) because it is rarely done well, even by good authors. I agree that it is one of the best written stories on the site.

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