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NOW FOR MERLIN.

FIRST:


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FIC & ART WELCOME!

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You have a few hours left. I'm joining again this year. It's the last one, I couldn't possibly say no! Even though it will be a busy summer and agjdflgjfdljgsldjfgldfgj dI WILL TRY. #fuckyeahteamlust


In other news: [livejournal.com profile] claudine is hosting as Merlin/Arthur CANON PARTY

It's a bit of nostalgia old time Merlin/Arthur fics set in the Canon Era. (back when Canon didn't make you burst into tears and run for the nearest fluffy coffee house au. People are talking about why they love canon era fics, and reccing all their favs. Such a happy, lovely post. <3

REC!
Give The Dog A Bone by La_Temperanza ([livejournal.com profile] fuckyeah)
Merlin/Arthur | 13k | Nc-17, bestiality
Summary: Canon AU, set after season one--When Merlin is hit with the spell intended for Arthur, he turns into a more incompetent manservant than usual. Strangely enough, Arthur's not really complaining.
This fic hit all my kinks. Merlin gets turned into a dog and is at Arthur's side 'all the time' *cough* yup, plenty of bestiality, but it's a sweet, fun fic too. Very much reminds me of early Merlin/Arthur fics when they were both still so innocent and just getting to know each other.
marguerite_26: (Jewel - new)
Have you guys been following [livejournal.com profile] merlin_art_fest??? Cause it’s fabulous. Master list is HERE. And here’s a bunch of recs:

this hole where you and i will sing by anon @ [livejournal.com profile] merlin_art_fest [Arthur/Merlin, WS]
Warnings: Implied character death
Summary: OP requested fanart for the ending scene of this hole where you and i will sing, a gorgeous and heartbreaking A/M fic. I thought I couldn't possibly pack so much emotion into one illustration, so I tried my hand at a comic :) If you haven't yet, please read the fic first because the comic won't make much sense by itself. Hope you like it, OP! And I hope the fic author de-anons too, because it was seriously the most moving fic I'd ever read. ;_;
[Maggie's note: I haven’t read the fic because ANGST!! but the art is gorgeous]

Verbum sat sapienti & Libertas parta by anon @ [livejournal.com profile] merlin_art_fest [Arthur/Merlin, WS]
Summary:It was a remarkable tale. Emrys Ambrosius, sentenced to the arena as damnati ad gladium, miraculously defeated three would-be dispatchers. After the pollice verso, he was made a proper gladiator and has been the crowd's (and the god's) favourite ever since. But this?! What started off simply as wish of good luck from one warrior to another ended up in a philosophical debate. And, mehercule, it was inconceivable that Artorius Caputo Draccus, son of the Caesar and as such, Imperator Destinatus, Legatus legionis, Primi Ordines of the Legio quarta, Centurio of the Legio quinta, had just lost a battle of wits to this fatuus!

Love and Magic by anon @ [livejournal.com profile] merlin_art_fest [Arthur/Merlin, NSFW]
Summary: Some outdoor magic sex... and voyeur butterflies!

Love, Once and Future by anon @ [livejournal.com profile] merlin_art_fest [Arthur/Merlin, WS]
Summary: Love is eternal.

Arthur Arisen by anon @ [livejournal.com profile] merlin_art_fest [Arthur/Merlin, WS]
Summary:Merlin had sworn to serve his King until the day he dies... and so the immortal sorcerer waited. Over a thousand years pass, feeling like an eternity, before... at last... Arthur returns from Avalon.


Sleep well, my king. One day you'll rise again. by anon @ [livejournal.com profile] merlin_art_fest [Arthur/Merlin, WS]
Summary: ne day the Once and Future King will rise again but now it's time to say goodbye... That night Merlin saw a sign that made him sure the prophecy will be fulfilled - he's not afraid to say goodbye anymore

Gentleman by anon @ [livejournal.com profile] merlin_art_fest [Arthur/Merlin, WS]
Summary: Merlin and Arthur Victorian Style

Healing Gwaine by anon @ [livejournal.com profile] merlin_art_fest [Gwaine/Merlin, NSFW]
Summary: Gwaine doesn't die but is severely physically and emotionally wounded. Merlin patiently restores him back to health and heals himself too (and of course finds love) in the process.

That Which Makes It Whole. by anon @ [livejournal.com profile] merlin_art_fest [Arthur/Merlin, WS]
Summary: Post-reveal Arthur & Merlin, fighting on back to back.

At Bletchley Park by anon @ [livejournal.com profile] merlin_art_fest [Arthur/Merlin, WS]
Summary: Arthur is an intelligence officer at Bletchley Park, stationed there after being invalidated from active service due to an injury. He teaches new entrants at the Inter-Service Intelligence School, and he's immediately captivated by one of the newly recruited cryptanalysts, Merlin, a mathematics professor from Cambridge.
marguerite_26: (Jewel - new)
[ART]

Doors Unlocked and Opened (the Revelation Remix) by anon @ [livejournal.com profile] camelotremix [Merlin/Arthur, WS]
Summary: In which I remix Alby_Mangroves' drawble "Bradley Has a Revelation" by reversing the camera angle when Bradley walks in on Colin changing out of his Merlin costume.

Lie With Me (The Keep it Secret Remix) by anon @ [livejournal.com profile] camelotremix [Merlin/Morgana, WS]

Remix of He is Your Destiny and He is Your Doom by anon @ [livejournal.com profile] camelotremix [Merlin/Arthur, WS, Warning - Character Death]



[FIC]

The Other Half Of My Heart by Little Steps by anon @ [livejournal.com profile] camelotremix
Merlin/Arthur | 16k | Nc-17
Summary: The Albion Pact demands that the Prince of Wales must take someone magic born as his soul-bonded consort by the time he is thirty or face death.
Prince Arthur Pendragon's thirtieth birthday has come and gone and he is getting sicker by the day. With little time left to act, Arthur knows what he must do to save himself: he has to call in a boyhood promise made by Merlin Emrys, his best friend and very talented Detective Inspector Warlock...the same best friend Arthur's been in love with for half his life.
But how can Arthur ask the man he loves more than anything to give up everything he's worked so hard for? Arthur is not sure that he can...and the indecision just might kill him.
An Arthur's POV remix of The Pact by Cori Lannam. LOVED the original, and the opportunity to explore Arthur’s POV is fascinating. The original is so heavily focused on Merlin, we really get little insight into Arthur and everything he went through during the course of the fic. The remix adds fantastic depth to Arthur’s choices and give us plenty of beautiful pining and a few hot, hot scenes. A wonderful companion to the original, and I will recommend reading both fics to truly appreciate what was done here.



Without You I Was Lost (The Third Wheel Remix) by anon @ [livejournal.com profile] camelotremix
Merlin/Arthur/Mordred | 4k | Nc-17
Summary: Mordred comes to stay at Avalon Hall and disturbs the natural order of things
This is a remix of nu_breed’s Regency AU Yet The Man Would At Once Run Away With Your Heart which was strictly M/A (and actually an expansion on the universe created by Hermette in her wonderful Gwaine/Elena Regency AU). I’m a huge fan of this universe and seeing another addition to it makes me insanely happy. It was really interesting to see an alternate ending to nu_breed’s fic as well as giving the opportunity to see Mordred’s POV as he figures out what is really going on with Merlin and Arthur.


Turn the Light Out (the Just Sleeping remix) by anon @ [livejournal.com profile] camelotremix
Merlin/Arthur | 5k | R
Summary: In the aftermath of a sorcerer's attack, Arthur has no choice but to face the reality of his feelings for Merlin.
This is a remix of When You're Not Watching by ingberry. Like the first one, it’s a beautiful, emotional read. I don’t want to say too much, in case you haven’t read the original, but they are wonderful mirror image fics. I really enjoyed the ‘matching set’ feel of them. The events of the fic are experienced very differently by both Merlin and Arthur so the POVs change the fic drastically. Though you do not need to read the original to appreciate the remix.
marguerite_26: (Merlin - bondage)
The Long Way (Little Lionheart Remix) by anon @ [livejournal.com profile] camelotremix
Merlin/Arthur, Merlin/Mordred (minor) | 9k | Nc-17
Summary: Arthur and Merlin were on the verge of a magically kinky love affair--if only Merlin had known it. One misstep and Merlin must find a way back to what he should have had with Arthur.
This is a remix of I Would Find a Way by marguerite_26 (ie: my merlin_holidays 2012 fic for Amph). So, yes, remix of my fic, so my love of this is biased. Biased as the day is long. That doesn’t make it not perfectly valid, because this remix is amazing. Joining remix I thought maybe this fic might be chosen and a sex-ilogue written (the fic was crying out for it). But this, I hadn’t even considered this. The original was about an older version of Merlin travelling through time to fix a past mistake. That story was from the young Merlin’s pov, and how he was able to open his mind and make the changes needed. This is tale told from older version of Merlin living through that 'big mistake'. And it’s more heartwrenching, more romantic, more engaging than the original. What I love about this remix is that it takes one aspect of the story (something the original mentioned, but gave few details of) and explored it fully. While telling it’s own story, it helped the reader understand the motivations of Arthur’s actions mentioned in the original story. And it did so beautifully. While I fully believe that this fic stands on it’s own and there is no need to read the original, I think the story of the original is far more complete with the existence of this remix.



[FIC and ART]
Little Steps (The "It Started Out Like This..." Remix) by anon @ [livejournal.com profile] camelotremix
Bradley/Colin | 2k | PG-13 [with naked-chested art]
Summary: Colin's an enigma, until he isn't. Bradley figures it out in steps.
This is a remix of [livejournal.com profile] giselleslash’s completely adorable It Started Out Like This…. It feels like I haven’t read B/C in ages, and this was so, so delightful. I miss these two terribly. Loved this sweet story, and the fanart... Colin, sitting naked at a piano. This fanart is just stunning and a perfect compliment to both fics. So happy making. :D
marguerite_26: (Jewel - new)
Dying to Return by StormDancer
Merlin/Arthur | 20k | PG-13
Summary:
When they try to hang him, he floats.

*

They put him on the pyre at dawn.

He doesn’t burn.

Ah, man. This read like an old school 'we don't know how canon is going to end so I'm writing my own future fic'. It's agnsty, but not overly so. Just enough to feel for Arthur who is ruling but unhappy. Gwen has left him for Lancelot, Merlin has left him for who-know-why reasons. But he has his knights and his kingdom and he's doing his duty. Only when they arrest a sorceror, there is something very different about him. He doesn't die, for one. And he also doesn't use magic for evil and when Arthur talks to him, it's not like he's talking to a prisoner. It's familiar. Wonderfully so. So so gorgeously done. I loved it.


thank you to [livejournal.com profile] destina for reccing this!

ALSO!! some pimping:

[livejournal.com profile] merlin_art_fest has begun!!!

and [livejournal.com profile] camelotremix will be starting very soon. AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS. NO WORDS. \o/
marguerite_26: (holiday default)
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...).
marguerite_26: (holiday default)
Prompting is still open at [livejournal.com profile] merlin_muses!!!

You have just enough time to sneak in that prompt that you MEANT to add but forgot!
Go do it!
Prompting closes tomorrow.


oh... and here, have some gorgeous art to go with this pimp:

Merlin - Unicorn by MaddiOrchard

Tegan & Sara- Closer by angstyourwayin
marguerite_26: (Merlin - footie!Bradely)
[ART]
The Last Dragonlord by deducemysoul [Merlin/Arthur, PG]

[FIC]
Give Me Just A Taste by cait_roswen
Merlin/Arthur | 5k | NC-17
Summary: Dublin, 1950s. Arthur is a boxer. Merlin writes for a crummy little journal. He likes to watch Arthur fight and take him out to bars afterwards. It might be forbidden but it’s just too fucking good.
I saw this fic recced on tumblr with a cool gif set that I totally couldn't resist. The fic warns for Internalized homophobia and in the author's own words is a 'cesspool of angst'. so, yeah. It wasn't an easy read. I'm not exactly a fan of homophobia in fics, whether internalized or showcasing societies homophobia or bullying with homophobia elements... it's just a bit too much reality mixed with my fantasy. BUT this fic is well written and while full full of angst (the hiding and fear is so painful to read) there is also so much adoration between Merlin and Arthur that it's also beautiful. And the sex is incredibly hot.



Also reccing this rec list: Arthur/Merlin: the Slave Edition by cabbageheardrecs
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[ART]
Secret by jen-and-kris [PG Merlin/Arthur]

The Centaur by [livejournal.com profile] alby_mangroves [PG, Arthur]

[FIC]
lights go out, here I go again by HalfFizzbin
Merlin/Arthur | 4k | NC-17
Summary:
Shortly after Arthur is resurrected in the 21st century, he finds Merlin's vibrator.
That's it. That's the plot.

...and that’s also the rec. Do you need anything else?


ALSO...


Let's Try That AGwaine, Feb 14th - March 31st - @ [livejournal.com profile] gwaine_quest

Merlin Rec!

Feb. 5th, 2013 11:22 am
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[ART]
Once Upon A Dream by [livejournal.com profile] corkart Merlin/Arthur

[FIC]
Nine Weddings and a Funeral by giselleslash
Merlin/Arthur | 11k | Nc-17
Merlin and Arthur keep meeting at a series of weddings.
Merlin and Arthur share a circle of friends who are all in 'marrying fever'. Good thing they found the best way to entertain themselves during those long, boring weddings: trying to get into each others pants. Funny, silly, fluffy and hot. This is such a great, fun read. *happy sigh*
marguerite_26: (Merlin - footie!Bradely)
[ART]
Merlin/Arthur Art by sdkay [NWS!]

I’m still working through all the fics I’d marked to rec from [livejournal.com profile] merlin_holidays! /so behind
[FIC]
Jerusalem by Magnolia822
Merlin/Arthur [Nc-17] (28k)
Summary: Prince Arthur has spent his eighteenth year in a drunken haze of public debauchery, and after the latest round of incriminating photographs, King Uther is fed up. Though magic is outlawed and Magic Users are generally distrusted, Uther secretly hires a young sorcerer to keep Arthur in line, much to Arthur's chagrin. But what starts out as an antagonistic relationship becomes much more as Arthur, increasingly drawn to his secretive young warden, begins to suspect there is something rotten in the state of Great Britain. Modern Royal AU.
This one another great Royal AU (merlin_holidays had a great year for them!) This one was really clever with an interesting and complex backstory involving politics and magic, one of my favourite things. It’s also got the bodyguard trope which is so hot. But very quickly it’s obvious that there is so much more going on. Do read the warnings, there are bits of Merlin’s backstory that might be upsetting to some folks.


ALSOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! [livejournal.com profile] paperlegends opened writer sign ups yesterday and holy shit. Anyone who thought that Merlin fandom was going to roll over and die post-finale were very very mistaken. Even with the large number of dropouts I expect (let's be honest here) 1000+ comments in 24hrs on a sign up post is basically FUCKING AWESOME. !!!!

*cheersleads everyone*
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[ART]
I thought you were going for a hug by andlatitude

[FIC]
I've Built My Dreams Around You by Ceebee
Merlin/Arthur [Nc-17] (11k)
Summary: “Fuck that,” Arthur gasped, the chill from Merlin’s touch zinging through his body like electricity, and decided in that moment that if he was going to find out Merlin’s vocal range then he didn’t have the self-restraint to be professional about it.
yum! age disparity! Merlin is student at the school where Arthur teaches. I was surprised as I started reading and discovered this is an est. relationship fic which is very rare for age disparity because a lot of the awesome tension of getting together and overcoming the ~wrongness is what interests people in age disparity fic. But this one has the pleasure of both (we discover the pre-relationship struggles through flashbacks) but also benefit from the est. relationship to get to the story rarely told (how to make a relationship like this actually WORK). Beyond all that you have Arthur as a choir director and Merlin with a mysterious backstory about why Arthur’s never heard Merlin sing. It all works into a lovely read.


thx to [livejournal.com profile] sapphirescribe for the rec. ALSO. She's is collecting a Multifandom Age Gap Rec List.

Frankly, I don't even know where to start... *eyes all my rec lists* *eyes to-do list*

BUT! If you are interested in adding to her list (there's an easy form to fill out!)

HP FOLKS -- Here's a handy link to stuff you might have read and liked:
Next Gen Rec List - Cross Gen (2011)
Next Gen Rec List - Cross Gen(2009)
My Harry/Scorpius Recs Tag
The Crack_broom Next Gen Cross Gen tag
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It's been a week now (minus the missed Saturday)! and I'm still going with my daily merlin recs. :) This is a non merlin_hols rec.

Yet The Man Would At Once Run Away With Your Heart by nu_breed
Merlin/Arthur [R] (3k)
Summary: Mordred comes to stay at Avalon Hall and takes a shine to Merlin. Arthur is most unimpressed by this turn of events.
This fic is an outtake of sorts for the Regency AU: Made Glorious Summer by hermette (which is Gwaine/Elena -- and AWESOME, and has Merlin/Arthur as a hint in the background). You do not need to read Hermette's fic to enjoy this. It 100% stands on it's own and is a joy of regency-fabulousness and jealous Arthur. BUT, if you are like me, you've been waiting for a Merlin/Arthur side fic to Made Glorious Summer since the moment that fic was posted.
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I don't think life gets any better than an octopus humping a wedding cake (x)

in other news... it's cold as hell here atm. brrrrr.

in other other news, I got my [livejournal.com profile] camelotremix assignment. IT'S AWESOME!!! *rolls up sleeves* time to get to work.

it other other other news: MERLIN REC!

The Shoemaker by fleete Freya/Gwen, Merlin/Arthur [NC-17, warnings] (23k)
Summary: Historical magical AU. In turn-of-the-century Glastonbury, Freya Lake is the headmistress of an orphanage for magical children. And despite all the seers’ dire warnings, Freya is happy; her infatuation with the shoemaker’s apprentice—who may or may not be a girl underneath his shirt and trousers—is slowly coming to a head. But then a woman claiming to be Morgan Le Fay shows up on the orphanage steps, demanding to see Emrys, and Freya is forced to rearrange her priorities.
I have so much to say about this fic that I don’t even know where to start. First the pairing. Not a pairing many of us are screaming for or really ever considered. Ever. In fact it’s currently the only fic on AO3 with that pairing and I’m sure none of you are surprised about that. So I won’t say: look at that pairing!!! GO READ. There is an element of Merlin/Arthur (which is beautiful) but it’s not the focus of the story so I won’t pretend it is. Instead I will say that this author is an incredible storyteller, that the writing is gorgeous and the premise of this is so original and fascinating that watching the story unfold was breathtaking. On the topic of the warnings, while ‘freya and gwen getting together’ is NOT the focus of the story, their friendship and love add an incredible depth to this fic. Gwen is female who identifies as male (which is never at all a ‘gotcha’ for Freya, who knows there is something ~different about the shoemaker, and loves him anyway). That aspect of the story is really wonderfully done and the sex is sizzling hot. Despite the fact that I was reading for the tale and not that pairing, I absolutely fell in love with those two. Basically: OMG GO READ. YOU WONT REGRET IT.
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Flat 6 by Llama
Merlin/Arthur [R] (3k)
Summary: There are three things Merlin has always found it difficult to say no to. The posh git in Flat 6 might just be the fourth.
This is an adorable little get-together fic. Take a little break from whatever you are doing this lovely (or if you are here, blizzardy) Sunday afternoon and have a smile with this one.
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As Long As We Have We by lady_ragnell
Merlin/Arthur [PG-13] (17k)
Summary: Arthur thinks he's going to have to spend Christmas alone--at least until he somehow acquires a whole house full of strays.
I adored this. Such a great christmas fic! It's heartwarming and lovely seeing Arthur's lonely Christmas morph into that awesome chaos of a houseful. And wonderful to watch the whole varied cast of characters come together!
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ART
Dawn Has Come and Shake n' Bake! by [livejournal.com profile] amphigoury Merlin/Arthur [WS]

FIC
The Pact by corilannam
Merlin/Arthur [Nc-17] (17k)
Summary: The ancient Albion Pact demands that the Prince of Wales must take someone magic born as his soul-bonded consort by the time he is 30 or face death. Before he was a Detective Inspector Warlock, Merlin Emrys was young and in love and made a promise to Prince Arthur -- and now Arthur is calling it in.
*dolphin noises* I really loved this fic. I loved that it was really different from a lot of modern royal AUs because first, MAGIC! but also that magic is an essential part of the verse and well known and second, Merlin and Arthur having a history together that they’ve both basically been denying because MAGIC blurs consent sometimes. So this is a mix of the following tropes: post-breakup, royal au, soul-bonded, forced marriage... and it just works.

Merlin rec

Jan. 16th, 2013 09:17 am
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There is so much gorgeous art floating around tumblr that I hardly know what to rec here. But this in particular is just stunning. And D: I can't figure out if the artist's name is listed anywhere? but their work is amazing. The artist's name is Elna. :)


Paint the World Orange and Blue by ingberry
Merlin/Arthur [Nc-17] (17k)
Summary: Armed with pen, paper and mugs of tea, Merlin created a relatively successful series of graphic novels. Armed with determination, sarcasm and more tea, he signs a deal with Pendragon Pictures to turn his first novel into a film. Merlin's relationship with Arthur Pendragon starts with TWO (2) slammed doors and ONE (1) severely bruised ego, but that's not at all how it ends.
This is such a lovely romance. I love the premise behind it, Merlin having created something amazing and dear to him and now needing to give up some level of control over his work and let someone else (Arthur) bring it to life. Sweet and beautifully written.


ALSO! [livejournal.com profile] camelotremix sign ups are open. I think there's three more days to sign up. I'm very tempted, but still undecided.
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Not sure what happened, but I've gotten out of the habit of reccing Merlin. I'm going to try to reverse that!

[livejournal.com profile] merlin_holidays posted the reveals. And my gift Are We Doing This? [NWS!!!] was drawn by the amazing [livejournal.com profile] alby_mangroves. Even if you've already clicked it (i recced it earlier), do check it out again as 'parts' were cut off that are now displayed in ALL THEIR GLORY. so. *ahem*

Anyway reccing!!! Will try to post at least one Merlin rec a day for the next week just to get caught up on all the fics I have in my Merlin 'to rec' gdoc. ;)

the first...

The Warmth of Winter by [livejournal.com profile] eldee
Merlin/Arthur [Nc-17] (25k)
Summary: Dragonlord Prince Emrys of the Druids is assigned the task of negotiating with King Arthur Pendragon of England in hopes that dragons and magic will be permitted to come back home again. (Hopefully that teenaged tryst Merlin and Arthur once had doesn't make things awkward.)
This is a dystopian AU, but they are one the upturn, I guess? Like not in the throws of despair that make dystopias so hard for me to read. The world building here is incredible. The history of how this world exists and what the druid and Dragonlords have done to help deals with it is really cool. I also loved that Merlin and Arthur kept their overly-casual dynamic that works so well for them in canon. Great read.
marguerite_26: (Merlin - OT3)
I went to type up a rec for this this morning. Then I was a little sleepy and went to lay down. I woke up and it was DARK OUTSIDE. D:

This flu is fucked.

ANYWAY!!! OMG THIS ART IS THE BEST. SO CLICK ON IT. unless you have bosses, coworker or small children around.

Are We Doing This? by Anonymous [or on LJ]
Merlin/Gwaine/Arthur [NWS!!!]
Summary: Illustration for marguerite_26's story, "Not Gold or Riches", where Gwaine is rewarded for his bravery with the one thing Arthur treasures most.

Despite passing out for nearly 8 hrs I am still floored by how awesome this is. The artist captured each of them so perfectly. I can't... *speechless again* You don't have to have read the fic, so no worries there. just. yeah. go give the artist some love. <3

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