We have results in on all categories for bdaddydl’s fan fiction poll. Later this week I expect to post another of my fan fiction recommendation pieces. But for now, let’s look at what other fan fiction readers consider “The Best of the Best (all time!)” after the jump…
bdaddydl has put together write-ups for the leading vote getters in each category, including comments by other fan fiction writers on the winners in the author category.
Frea O’Scanlin — 37
FREA O’SCANLIN from Mxpw
I was going to write something flippant and irreverent here in my effort to tell you about Frea O’Scanlin and her work, but I decided that wasn’t the way to go. Frea knows how I think of her and I’m sure you do too. And besides, I’m afraid of what she might do if I don’t properly pay homage to her greatness, so here we go.
Her writing is clear, descriptive, evocative, funny, and entertaining. I knew she was something special after reading Chapter Two of What Fates Impose and nothing has happened to change my opinion since then. I think the Chuck fandom is incredibly lucky to have her writing in it, and it always makes me happy to see people give her the kind of credit she deserves. Each new chapter of Fates builds on the last, showing an entertaining and impressive consistency that I’ve not often seen. Each new story adds something to a very vivid world she’s developed. She’s one of the best and in all honesty, I’d buy something she wrote. I don’t say that often and I usually mean it even less, but it’s true. As a fellow writer, I think that’s about the best compliment I can pay her. I know that she’s got a future ahead of her and I’m just happy to be along for the journey.
NinjaVanish — 27
NinjaVanish from Frea O’Scanlin
If you want smart, sexy Sarah then ninjaVanish is your author. This ninja exploded onto the Chuck scene in March of 2010 with his epic “Chuck & Sarah vs. the Bunker,” and hasn’t stopped since. On top of writing, finishing, and defending his thesis, the mysterious figure has provided hours of entertainment. He’s bent history and minds with “Chuck vs. the Frontier,” which pits our favorite hero against Pinkertons and science fiction alike, and he steamed up quite a few monitors with the prequel to Bunker, “Chuck and Sarah vs. Themselves.” Currently, the ninja has embarked on a tale of bikinis and pirates in “Chuck vs. the Sunken Treasure.” I wish I could tell you he enjoys long walks on the beach, kittens, and Pad Thai, but like I said—mysterious figure. Things I do know about ninjaVanish: he tells a darn entertaining story, he has good taste in books, and Dr. Phil spoke at his commencement (no, seriously, his profile says that). You can catch up with him on his blog, or just check out his work. You won’t regret it.
Kate McK — 17
KATE McK from Nervert
Kate has one of the strongest and most detailed commands of the characters among writers of Chuck fanfiction while having a very intuitive understanding of what makes those characters interesting and fun to read. Rather than letting this box her in, she is fantastic at coming up with inventive story lines even when it’s within the context of the show’s cannon. It’s not surprising that she has so many fans.
Malamoo — 15
MALAMOO from Mxpw
There are three important facts you need to know about malamoo: she is, in fact, a she (it amazes me how often people get this wrong), she is Canadian, and she doesn’t like angst. That’s right. The angst queen of Chuck doesn’t like angst. She doesn’t like to watch it or read about it, but she loves writing about it. It’s a contradiction I’ve always found interesting, and I think it gives her writing that little bit of oomph that it needs to put her far above the rest. Second Chance is her magnum opus, and before Frea showed up with Fates, was the top dog in the Chuck fandom. And deservedly so. No story has quite explored the emotional dynamic between Chuck and Sarah as thoroughly as it has, nor delved as deep into Sarah’s psyche. Agree or disagree with what she wrote, but we would all be so lucky if the show dedicated even a tenth of the amount of effort and thought to Sarah’s story as malamoo did in Second Chance.
She’s a very funny young woman, simultaneously naïve and knowledgeable, and getting to know her over the years has been one of the best parts of my experience in this fandom (as well as getting to write with her, one of my personal highlights). Someday I will manage to convince her to actually write some original work, and when that happens, well, it’ll probably be depressing as hell, but at least it will be done well and the rest of the world will get to see what we already know: that malamoo is awesome.
Mxpw — 15
MXPW from Wepdiggy
What do you say about someone who produces seemingly endless, awesome Chuck fanfic, yet is so magnanimous as to spend equally as much, if not more time helping others with their work? You say, “Nice to see you, Frea.”
No, seriously, mxpw has been around Chuck-fic almost as long as anyone, and though his role has evolved from serial one-shotter, to infamous femslasher, to respected beta, he’s always been at the top of his game in whatever field he has chose to contribute. And we, the Chuck fandom, are lucky to have him.
Brickroad16 — 13
BRICKROAD from BillAtWork
BrickRoad’s writing style can be summed up in a single word — soft. When you read one of her stories, you always know exactly what you’re going to get. You’re not going to be reading action spy scenes of fighting bad guys and their evil plots. In fact there almost always won’t be a bad guy at all because she see’s the good in everybody. You’re not going to get steamy hot love scenes. What you will get is a story told from a character’s point of view (mostly Sarah) that makes you understand what she is feeling just like she was standing there.
Naturally she has an amazing grasp on the language. But that’s not what strikes you. I defy you to read one of BrickRoad’s stories and not come away feeling good about it. And after all, isn’t that why we read fanfiction in the first place?
That’s BrickRoad’s particular genius and the main reason why her stories remain so popular.
Armadilloi — 8
Sharpasamarble — 8
Ne71 — 8
Favorite Full Length Story (all write-ups by bdaddydl)
If there was ever a guide on Chuck FF, under the section for AU (Alternate Universe)What Fates Impose will probably see the first story talked about. What started off from the train wreck that season 3 is to became the standard in the fandom. Over a sprawling 49 chapters, Frea says she still has more to go. Then, To Resist Wind and Tide came out. This time, the fic is from the point of view of Sarah Walker. Now people reread the story to try and find the little tidbits that foreshadow future chapters, or help clarify opinions. Blue Scarf anyone?
What started out with one of the great first chapters in the fandom, The Bunker showed a side to Sarah that cannon did not show till Phase 3. Another AC piece has Sarah rescuing her man. Next up came the prequel, Chuck and Sarah Versus Themselves. This story has become the “I wish this is how season 3 would have gone” fic. Next up, Chuck and Sarah Vs the Recruits. Can’t wait.
Out of the blue one day a new story hits the fandom written by an author, who wrote in another fandom, posted a Chuck mashup with Oceans 11. What came next was an amazing story. In my Opinion, the hottest kiss in the fandom is in this story. What was left was a fantastic story, that also set up a spawned a few other mashups, including the Sound of Music/Chuck mashup.
This story is not really a story. Its 50 amazing one shots that are Songfics. Every story tells a tale, some even could be their own epic novels. This Fic has just been completed, and if you are ever feeling down, just pick a chapter or two and prepared to be heart warmed.
This is another story that is enormous in scope, but not a lot of time has passed since It has started. Lucky goes farther into the back story of team Bartowski than any author in the fandom. There is not a lot of action scenes in this story, but there is a lot of drama. The characters are honest, but some like Beckman are seen completely differently. As a story that started before season 3, and is still going on, it’s been fun to see how close she got to cannon.
Another huge AU, but in this one things are a bit different. Chuck became confident. It’s a great what if. While the relationships have stayed the same, how the characters interact have changed. A sign of how this story has become part of the fandom is when there was an issue between Chuck and Sarah the reviews exploded.
Double Agent by mxpw — 22
Sarah Walker was an ex-CIA agent who had joined Fulcrum looking for a better existence. But what she really needed was to meet a CIA agent named Chuck Bartowski. This story gave many fans what they wanted: Chuck as a competent, successful agent who still had the kindness and charm to woo a cold-hearted agent like Sarah Walker.
Favorite Short Story (write-ups by bdaddydl)
WOW A must read for all Charah fans. Best example of showing intense physical passion, while never even coming close to PG. All from a game taken from Stripes.
Ne71 delightful use of humor and romance shines in this little story. This story has been confused for cannon more than once in Fan Fiction because it’s so close to the characters on the screen
This is probably the shortest tale in the winners, but that does not mean its short on emotion. It really nails the feelings of the characters. I have thought I’m glad Chuck struggled in the ratings because this is what might have happened if the put off the Chuck/ Sarah relationship
My personal favorite short. This is so not fluffy, but it is some of the best writing in the fandom. Really honors Dickens’ iconic tale.
There have been many Sarah leaves stories. This is definitely a great one. There is a different vibe in this one where the author does not hide the fact that the characters will get together, it’s just a matter of time.
A delightfully fluffy story in the what happened category during the two weeks not covered in the end of season 4.
Great job, and a lot of work was done by bdaddydl in putting this together! There’s a great mix of older and newer stuff here. Many will notice this is significantly shorter than my own “favorites” list, there’s some really painful omissions here! But that speaks very highly of the quality of Chuck fan fiction in existence. There’s a lot here to enjoy.