With Chuck being a rerun this week, even if its an outstanding rerun, I thought this would be a good time for some more Fan Fiction recommendations. I’m not going to try any sort of theme this time, just mention a few stories that I haven’t discussed yet; after the jump.
Sometimes when I review entries on my own favorites list, it amazes me some of the things I haven’t discussed yet. So I’ll start with a unique and intriguing piece, many of you are likely familiar with, called “Collide” by Brickroad16. This is sort of the Decameron of Chuck fiction; only 51 stories short of Boccaccio’s epic (like that isn’t amazing in its own right!), and Brickroad has suggested that she may eventually return to it; so perhaps some day she will get that 100 mark.
The 49 one-shots currently posted are structured as song fics. Now I can honestly say this isn’t my favorite genre, I’m totally a prose guy. But if I can enjoy this piece even though I skip anything that looks like verse, I’m sure many other readers will too. Brickroad is primarily a relationship/romance writer. She doesn’t often dwell on missions or action, but she is very good at what she does best. I would recommend reading this in small doses. The 49 chapters are one shots (maybe three or four of them are continuations, but no more than that) and require a complete “reset” from the reader each time. This piece was started during the break between S1 and S2, and continued right up until a couple weeks ago (the writer is calling it “complete” for now, but suggests she might not mean it!). The title comes from the song she’s using in the first chapter, but it is fitting over all, as the common theme in most stories is all different ways of Chuck and Sarah finally coming together. Not surprisingly some chapters are better than others; I’m not as big a fan of the stories that really exaggerate Chuck and Sarah’s differences at the start, but many of these AUs flow so naturally its amazing. Some stories are more angst filled than I prefer, but as best I can recall, they ALL end well (okay, I can think of one or two of them require their later continuations to be a “happy ending”). If you’re at all curious, just read one, no major commitment is required. The last story is extremely good; not only a good one to check out, but easy to find as it’s the last page!
Collide would be rated PG for some occasionally messy relationship issues, but nothing is ever graphic. Each story takes 15-30 minutes to read, but don’t even think about reading more than a couple at a single sitting. This would be my one-shot recommendation for this post (okay, 49 one-shots!)
For my next recommendation this time around I’m going with another oldie. This is “Chuck vs. the Bright Side of Life” by The Notorious JMG. This qualifies as a classic in Chuckdom. It is one of the first longer length stories, especially if combined with its companion piece “The Star Spangled Intersect”. And in marked contrast with my previous recommendation, this was written by a male; believe me the difference is obvious! JMG has a very action heavy story, with lots of gunplay and some good humor. He does still make some time for relationship growth; “Bright Side” is really balanced a lot like the show we all love.
A few notes of interest about this (these?) story(s). “Chuck vs the Bright Side of Life” and “Star Spangled Intersect” sort of inter cut with each other. Star Spangled Intersect was written first; but Bright Side is a prequel for the first three chapters, and after that its a sequel. Ideally this should all be re-edited for flow; but hey, this is fan fiction and we’re all just having fun here! It really isn’t that hard to follow, and IS a lot of fun. Frea O’Scanlin has mentioned she was first inspired to write her epic Chuck-fic “What Fates Impose” after reading something by JMG, and I’m pretty sure this is the story she means. Also, many of you who’ve read fan fiction have likely noticed Carina’s last name often appears as Hansen. When the character was first introduced in Wookie (1.04) no last name was given. We didn’t learn she was Agent Miller until Three Words (3.02) over two years later. Well, JMG is the writer who first coined “Agent Carina Hansen”, and to this day that name appears more often than her correct name in fan fiction (this was from a different fic of his “The Seduction of Sarah Walker”). Also, the “Bright Side” saga continues with several later sequel stories; all told this is a significant AU.
Both stories would be rated PG-13 for some more intense action (and injuries). Allow a few hours to read both.
Next up I have to recommend something that’s just funny! “Anniversaries, Sexting, and the Bearded Gnome” by Kate McK fits the bill perfectly. This is set after episode 4.01; when Sarah finds out the inappropriate sexting from that episode was from Morgan, well initially she goes ballistic. Once she calms down she hatches a devious revenge prank. Will Morgan ever learn a lesson? Who knows, but the instruction is so much fun.
This would be rated PG and take 30 minutes or so to read.
The last couple of these updates I’ve been recommending “The Long Brick Road” by BillandBrick. That work is now complete, and a really good read. It could be finished in a couple of hours.
Now the really good news is BillatWork has already started publishing the sequel. Called “The Long Road Back” it starts immediately after the previous work. This story follows a popular theme, but its popular for a reason. Chuck is bunkered and Sarah re-assigned. Plus we get Shaw and Hannah as pure villains, neither of our heroes will be confused about it this time around! I’m not sure how much to spoil here, and the story is only four chapters in, so let’s just say it seems to be about Sarah and Casey going off the grid to rescue Chuck. The early chapters have been a fun tale, and I expect nothing less from Bill.
I continue to recommend Nervert’s latest story “The Revenge of the Bartowski” as one of the very best things out there. Exciting action, humor, and character/relationship development are all major strengths of this writer. His updates aren’t as speedy as some, but this kind of craftsmanship takes time. And both of his stories are the sort of thing any Chuck fan would enjoy, they have a little of everything.
As always, anything I recommend can be found by following the “atcDave/favorites” link under the Fan Fiction header at right. I’ve also added a “fan fiction” sorting option to the “Categories” header at right. If you want to review any of my past posts about fan fiction just select that category in the search bar and you’ll see all of them come up. Special thanks to Crumby who provided the kick in the pants I needed to finally set that up!