Feb. 27th, 2013

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A Second Chance by Thursday_Next
Merlin/Arthur | 18k | R
Summary: Major Arthur Pendragon returns home from years abroad fighting in France, determined to settle down and marry, only to find himself confronted with the one person he's spent the past seven years trying to forget. Or, Persuasion with dragons.
The basic plot of this fic is inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion. As a huge lover of Persuasion, I’ve read quite a few versions of Persuasion-inspired fics and it’s incredibly difficult to rewrite without manipulating the characters to fit until they are completely ooc. However what they author does here is brilliant, imo. They took the ~heart of the book and created an m/a fic around it. They made it their own and did it beautifully by looking at the barebones of what made Persuasion so compelling, and didn’t let the structure of the book confine them, didn’t force either Arthur or Merlin into roles or situation that just wouldn’t allow them to be true to their characters. It’s so well done. The end result allows anyone who enjoyed the original novel to enjoy this as a fun and unique take on it, and anyone who has never read persuasion to freely read this without hesitation as this requires no other knowledge. I particularly appreciated Morgana’s role as the supportive sister (rather than the spoiled and vain Elizabeth Elliot) and Kilgharrah as the provider of questionable advice (a perfect replacement for Lady Russell)


And Leaving Me Whole by ingberry
Merlin/Arthur | 35k | NC-17
Summary: Life as a newly bitten werewolf is kind of terrible, especially when Merlin gets captured by hunters. It’s not exactly the way he expected his life to go when he moved to London, and he really wishes he could make all of it disappear. Instead, he ends up being rescued by a pack of werewolves with a slew of problems of their own, including an inner power struggle, hunters and rumours of... well, Merlin doesn’t know, exactly, but it’s not good.
As soon as I heard Ing was doing a Teen Wolf fusion as was all *grabbyhands* (I’m sure you’re all shocked). There are a lot of way to do crossovers/fusions, but this is my favourite. ie: take the characters of one and place them in the situation/universe rules of the other. In this case, we have Arthur and Merlin, true to their character, having to deal with being werewolves, being hunted, solving a mystery, and dealing with the dynamics of a werewolf pack. It’s a modern AU, with Arthur and Morgana raised by Uther (a werewolf hunter), but when Arthur and Morgana are bit they have to go into hiding. Arthur is struggling with the demands of being an Alpha of a rag tag group of wolfs, Morgana is constantly undermining his authority, and Merlin’s been just bitten and has no clue what it even means to be a werewolf. Together they need to figure themselves out and figure out the latest threat to their pack. Even without any knowledge of Teen Wolf is a super fun (and hot!) creature fic. The only TW knowledge you really need is that omega == lone wolf, and is not an indication of ~other physiological uniqueness (self-lubricating, ability to conceive, etc...).

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