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06 August 2016 @ 11:05 pm
Thank you to all the previous/existing reccers who've responded to us so far! It's much appreciated. If you haven't had a chance to get back to us, it's not too late :-)

What we (theatregirl7299 and me as your co-mods) would look for now is to hear from all of YOU. We want to hear what you think, what you'd like, and we'd especially love to hear from you as a potential reccer yourself.

“Well, that sounds interesting, Theatre and Fire, but what would that entail?”

That depends. What are you up for doing? What WE want is to keep this at a doable level for you. We're all busy with writing and RL and so on, so let's not make this something burdensome. Maybe a couple of stories recced a month? We furnish the themes and you can pick the stories you'd like to rec, writing a short paragraph that summarizes what it is that makes that story memorable.

Other things we're considering include “spotlight” recs, perhaps focusing on a particular challenge. Maybe a “Writer” rec, where a writer is featured with half a dozen of their stories. We're open to new ideas, so please do share yours with us!

Talk to us here in comments or feel free to PM either of us, and we'll be looking forward to getting those recs up!
28 May 2016 @ 01:24 pm
Wendy -

On behalf of firesign10 and myself - thank you for all you've done for SPN_themes. We are honored that you are willing to let us take over and we know we are filling Sam Winchester-sized shoes!

A few notes going forward -

All posts will be open as they have been, and tags and memories will stay the same as well.

Firesign and I are looking at the posting schedule. Those of you who are currently reccing or have recced in the past - any suggestions on the frequency, etc. would be very welcome.

As to reccers - We would love for you to stay on, but we know RL and other obligations get in the way. Feel free to drop us a PM letting us know the following:

1. Do you plan on staying
2. Do you know of anyone who might be interested in becoming a reccer.

There will be a general post in the next week or two asking for volunteers but we'd like to get started so there's no interruption in service. :)

We are excited to continue this - our fandom old and new needs to experience the fantastic writers and their wonderful tales.

Again - thank you Wendy for giving us this opportunity to continue. We hope to do the community justice.
28 May 2016 @ 11:48 am
As you may recall, I posted a few weeks ago about the community needing to go through some changes, and it will. More on that in a second.

But first, I want to thank everyone who has worked with me on this community and made it a success. Especially the people who have done themed recs, on a regular basis:


And, without further ado, I'd like to introduce your new mods! They are firesign10 and theatregirl7299. They will run the community their way and changes are coming. Please give them your full support. I am so excited and grateful that they are willing to keep this community running. I can't wait to see what you guys do!

To all -- ♥ ♥ ♥
It all started with a very gifted boy... (or ended. Or middled).

Nihil Inherit by ratherastory (Gen, G)
Summary: Whatever you do, you will always end up... here.
In May of 2007, Sam Winchester wakes up in his own grave, but digging himself out is the least of his worries. He's plagued by the psychic visions which have returned with renewed intensity and which all but threaten to cripple him. He reunites with Dean, only to find that the Yellow-Eyed Demon is still at large, about to put his world-ending plans into motion. A mysterious figure who know much more than he ought dogs Sam's footsteps, hinting at darker things to come. Soon Sam and Dean find themselves on a path that feels frighteningly familiar: toward Lilith, Lucifer, and the Apocalypse. Unable to shake the certainty that he's seen all of this before, Sam knows that this is his one chance to set things right, or die trying.

Secure the Blessing by Rahmi (Gen, M)
Summary: Sam makes a wish. Dean is not pleased. (pre-WIAWSNB)

Who Here Would Choose (To Walk In Those Shoes) by philalethia (Sam/Dean, NC-17)
Summary: "I want to know how my brother dies," Sam says. To the wrong person. S3.

The Fire I Breathe by dreamlittleyo (Sam/Dean, NC-17)
Summary: What if Devil's Trap had ended a little bit differently? The YED's plan backfires, and Sam's got new problems. Because power like that, once you touch it you can't put it back. (And what can they do when John Winchester learns too much?)

Old Country by astolat (Sam/Dean, NC-17)
Summary: Sam and Dean go to Hogwarts. (spoilers for All Hell Breaks Loose, Deathly Hallows)

Specific Relativity by gekizetsu (Gen, PG-13)
Summary: an AU Sam who has always had visions and is not quite right as a result. Don’t worry; he’s mostly happy. Casefic; notquiteright!Sam and superprotective!Dean hunt for the ‘special children’ gone bad when they’re not hunting demons with their father. Cuddling, mild angst, cuddling, humor, cuddling.

Captured by the Game by rivkat (Sam/Dean, NC-17)
Summary: AU. Azazel has given his favorite son a task: worm his way into the confidence of a hunter. It sounds simple, but Dean Winchester just might be more than Sam can handle.

The Hunter Games by theproblematique (Sam/Dean, NC-17)
Summary: When the infamous Winchester bad luck strikes twice in quick succession Sam and Dean are forced to compete in the most brutal reality TV show ever created. It’s impossible to escape the battlefield, hiding can only be temporary, and alliances inside those dark, bloodstained woods last about as long as it takes for the other Hunter to figure out how to use your weapons. And then kill you with them.

Down to the End ‘Verse by esorlehcar (Sam/Dean, NC-17)
Summary: "I'm psychic, you stupid son of a bitch," he says.
Rec Note: (entire ‘verse set in early seasons, beautiful and the best of Sam and Dean)

Turn of the Wheel ‘verse by gekizetsu (Sam/Dean, NC-17)
Summary: Humor, wingfic. Dean is bitchslapped by an elemental and it's Sam who has to cope.
Rec Note: Dean is the one with wings, Sam develops powers of his own later on. One of the most compelling lore fics I’ve ever read.

The Touch of His Hand by macbyrne (Sam/Dean, NC-17)
Summary: Sam is fourteen when his psychic ability manifests, in the form of powerful, uncontrollable visions that leave him incapacitated by pain. Fear of his father’s reaction to having a son with supernatural powers leaves him only one person to turn to: his brother Dean. As his feelings for Dean grow stronger and the visions take more out of him, both brothers will have to make decisions on what is important, and where you go when you have nowhere left to turn. (pre-series)

Unasked by astolat (Sam/Dean, NC-17)
Summary: Sam doesn't ask.
In Florida, when they burst out of the old collapsing mausoleum into afternoon sunshine, covered with dirt and ectoplasm and victory, and Dean punches his fists in the air and looks at him, dirty and grinning and shining so bright that for a minute Sam almost can't see, still he doesn't ask, he doesn't reach out and put his hands on Dean's face, where they belong according to every instinct and yearning he has in him.


There are many amazing powers!Sam fics out there so please feel free to share your favourites :)
20 May 2016 @ 12:24 pm
Sometimes we just want to read something that makes us feel all nice and cozy inside.  You want feel warm and happy while reading the fic and definitely when you're done with it.  After stressful days, these are the fics that I continually return to.

In Production by reccea (J2, ~40k, NC-17) A decade after Supernatural ends, Jared Padalecki is still working in series television. His marriage to Sandy is coming to an amicable end, and he's famous enough that he wants to be out of town before he becomes a tabloid headline. Jensen Ackles has seen his career progress from small but weighty parts that earned him acclaim to above the title billing. The notoriously private Jensen extends an invitation--by way of a first-class plane ticket--for Jared to hide out at Jensen's mostly empty Paris flat while he films his next movie. Three months in Paris is enough to tone down the tabloid attention, but Jared returns to LA only to find that he doesn't have everything figured out. They say you can't go home again, but Jared discovers that sometimes that's exactly what you have to do.
I'm not a huge non-AU fan, but this is one of the few exceptions.  Although, given what's happened the over the past eight years since this was posted, it's almost approaching AU territory. This fic starts with a premise that could have been fodder for angst, but instead is a lovely, slowly unfurling piece in which you can see Jared falling in love.  The author didn't rush the fic, but took the time to really develop this deep friendship between the two men that turns into something more.  It's really wonderful, and comforting whenever I am feeling down.

QB Verse (but especially Hail Mary) by pianoforeplay (J2, total verse 225k, Hail Mary 117k, NC-17, Warning: Infidelity) In which there is a lot of football, angst and sex.
I love this entire verse, and highly recommend that everyone read it, but the second to last fic, Hail Mary, is my comfort fic.  Which is not to say any of the other pieces are not wonderful, just that they put be in a different (but equally good) mood.  The only reason I recced the whole verse for this particular this was because if you haven't read the whole thing, you really need to go in order. For those of you wondering whether you can really stand the football thing, trust me; I hate football and I love this verse.  The whole verse, but especially Hail Mary, is another slow burn to a heart-thumping conclusion.  Jared says one of my favorite lines in any fic ever towards the end of Hail Mary, and every time I have to put my phone/computer down and just grin for a second.  There are a few angsty moments, but I think that just makes the total end feel of this fic that much better.

The Beat of Our Noisy Hearts by cleflink (J2, 48k, NC-17) In a world where heartbreak is a literal condition, it's Jared's job to sew, fill and patch the physical wounds left in people's hearts by lost loves, misunderstandings and betrayals. Jared's own love life is more than a little dire, largely because Jensen doesn't date and Jared doesn't do one-night stands, but he's got good friends and a job he loves, so he figures that he can't complain too much. When a killer attacks Jensen, Jared discovers that a needle and thread, desperation and a sharp scalpel are enough to save Jensen's life, but at a cost that is going to change Jared's life forever and tie them both together in a way that goes far deeper than flesh.
Okay, so sometimes I want to be cozy and cry.  This would be one of those fics.  Cleflink as an author in general is master of giving me the warm fuzzies, but this particular fic is such a mix of beautifully strong emotion and just the right kind of angst.  It's the sort of fic that you shed a single tear for, just because Jared loves Jensen THAT MUCH.  The concept of the fic is brilliant and if you don't fall in love with cleflink's Jared, well.  I just don't know.  He is too good for this world, guys.

Hold the Whipped Cream by dimpleforyourthoughts (J2, 37k, NC-17) International Best Selling Author Jensen Ackles is all kinds of specific with the details of his life. He likes privacy, writing, and coffee; black, no sugar, hold the cream. He’s become a fixture at the local coffee shop, writing from his table every day for the past two years. His vices include routine, neatness, and structure. Jensen doesn’t do messes. Then there is Jared, recent post-grad basket case, who’s been coming in every day for caffeine he doesn’t need and bringing the increasing disaster in his life with him. Jared is a mess in all the ways Jensen is not and so Jensen offers to help Jared in the only way he knows how: by buying Jared a cup of coffee.
Coffee shop AUs in general tend to be good fuzzy-warm fics, and I think this one is the best of them all.  I love the character development of Jared and Jensen.  Once again, there's no rush in this fic; everything seems to happen at the right time.  Although there is a minor misunderstanding, the author handles it in a way that is really masterful.  This fic is as sweet as some of the ridiculous beverages Jared makes Jensen drink in it.

Alright, everyone!  Settle in and I hope you all enjoy!
There’s nothing like a big meal to bring people together, and a good restaurant is the perfect place to do it. I love restaurant fics in that they capture the spirit of communal dining in the way characters grow together, often over a shared meal, a love of food, the quiet intimacy of sitting down to a meal. We mark so many huge moments in restaurants: first meetings, anniversaries, birthdays, holidays, and sometimes endings, too. I wanted to make sure my last rec list for this comm was a fitting goodbye, so I thought why not say it over a few nice meals? Here are some of my favorite J2 fics where one or both of the boys works in a restaurant.

Eat Drink Love by raina_at (Jared/Jensen, NC-17, 8,600 words)
Summary: Cynical waiter Jensen serves Serial Dater Jared's row of first dates.
Why I rec: This author does such an incredible job writing these boys in such a way that you truly believe they will be good for each other. There is such a smart contrast between who the boys are in this, and it’s what makes them work so perfectly together. You walk away convinced they will balance each other out—just the right ingredients for a surprising and satisfying love story.

Instinct & Taste by kelleigh (Jared/Jensen, NC-17, 45,400 words)
Summary: As a young chef trying to break into the sizzling hot world of Charleston cuisine, Jensen Ackles spent more time in the kitchen than he did sleeping, eating, or socializing; he was absolutely dedicated to his craft and to the mentor who’d given him a chance. When all of that work paid off in a big way, Jensen was thrilled, but from the moment he accepted his dream job, other aspects of his life began to sour, quickly.

Now, shouldered with the extra burdens of caring for his brother’s house and keeping his job safe from a brown-nosing new sous chef, Jensen tries everything, up to and including therapy, to keep his life from boiling over. It’s not until he hires college senior Jared Padalecki that things start to turn around, and Jensen learns that if he can stand the heat, fate might cook up something even better.
Why I rec: This story has such a strong sense of self: the author is so familiar with her setting, the characters are real people, the details are all so well-developed. You are right here in this space sharing all these moments and meals and you can feel all the instant chemistry come alive with you as you’re reading.
Bonus!: This story was a spn_j2_bigbang so not only did it come with art but it came with an absolutely incredible video trailer made by the insanely talented secretlytodream. You can check it out here.

Kisses Sweeter Than Wine by topaz119 (Jared/Jensen, NC-17, 35,000)
Summary: Texas in July is not exactly where Jensen Ackles has any desire to be, but a job's a job and interviewing Jared Padalecki, the most famous and successful winner of America's Next Celebrity Chef for Saveur magazine isn't something Jensen's going to turn down. He'll do the interview, try not to laugh, and get back on the plane. Jared isn't any happier at the thought of yet another interview with someone who's already made up his mind that Jared's nothing but a pretty face, but the network insists, so fine. He'll do the interview, practice his patience, and be done with it.

Funny how things don't quite work out that way.
Why I rec: MY GOODNESS, THIS FIC. This fic is one of Those Fics. You know the kind. Where everything is so good that parts of it will just stay with you for years. There are some foods or types of restaurants or even just narrative structures that even now, 6 years later, the first thing that flashes in my head when I hear about them will be a scene from this fic. I legit once found myself having a RL discussion with a bunch of muggles about restaurants and the words “just like the one part in Kisses Sweeter Than Wine!” were out of my mouth before I even realized what I was saying. A classic in every sense of the word.
Bonus!: Although it was written and posted prior to the larger verse, there is a sweet timestamp/epilogue called Sugar Shock set after the story that is a perfect, sweet little dessert after the main course.

Seasons by kelleigh (Jared/Jensen, R, 4,600 words)
Summary: Written for spn_masquerade for the prompt: J2 infidelity: J1's wife grew up with J2, best friends and practically a brother to her. Relationship begins innocent enough - Js bonding over shared job/hobby and 'in the moment' kissing - leads to late night confessions and, eventually...author's choice. No reveal or catching affair, just J2 carrying on for weeks/months/years and refusing to tell wives.
Why I rec: This story is such a great little heart clencher. Although Jared’s restaurant is not the center of the plot, it is so, so important to me as an element of this story that it’s a setting. The space is reliable and welcoming and homey for Jensen when his real home can’t be—exactly like Jared is. It was a brilliant touch on the author’s part and the story packs an incredible emotional punch.

Some Fresh, Clear, Well-Seasoned Perspective (with a bottle of Cheval Blanc 1947) by vorpalblades (Jared/Jensen, PG-13, 5,500 words)
Summary: Jared loves cooking, though his parents don’t seem to understand why. So when the opportunity arises for him to help at a renowned restaurant, he jumps on it. Added bonus: he gets to work with the guy he’s had a crush on for years. Everything is absolutely perfect, provided his parents don’t find out what he’s doing on his holiday vacation.
Why I rec: I make no secret of the fact that j2_everafter was one of my favorite challenges in this fandom, and this story is a great example of why. It’s a fun, spunky little story of how Jared’s love for cooking not only brought him and Jensen together but also helped him become who he was meant to be. Just a light, feel-good read through and through.
We all know that Sam and Dean are canon platonic life partners -- but we also get to use fanfic to help them get past the platonic part. In celebration of happy hunting couples, have a list of fics where the Winchesters are either mistaken for a couple or have to pretend to be one for a case.

Come on, baby, let me know by scribblinlenore
They don't just have to pretend to be gay. They have to be the gayest!

Couples' Counseling by lazy_daze
"Dean. How long have you been married?"

Fumbling in the Dark: Love Advice For the Romantically Impaired by leonidaslion
True Love really is blind...

Someone Else's Blood by sevenfists
The first time, of course, was an accident.

The Truth In The Lie by flawedamythyst
Sam and Dean pretend to be gay lovers while they hunt a monster on a bus tour of Nova Scotia.

Two Queens by belyste
Dean tries to figure out why so many people think he and Sam are a couple. The answer is…surprising.

Welcome to Sunrise Acres by dragonspell
Situated outside of Phoenix, Arizona, Sunrise Acres boasted of being a quiet, affluent gated community with all the latest amenities: a truly better way of living. With a zero percent crime rate, the only real problem according to residents were the coyotes that sometimes slipped the fence and prowled the neighborhood. Of course, that was before residents started disappearing and the dried out corpses starting piling up in the desert. To hunt the creature responsible, Sam and Dean become the newest couple at Sunrise Acres.

When It Crackles by lyra_wing
A cult is rumored to be guarding the Fountain of Youth. Oh, and while investigating it, Sam and Dean get roped into getting married. Yep.

Windfall for the non-believer by glovered
After Sam's first Hell flashback, he and Dean work a job that means posing as a couple in a planned community.

You're My Favorite Christmas Sweater by dollylux
Sam and Dean go undercover to a Christmas party.
28 April 2016 @ 08:49 am
When this community originally was opened, it was before the creation of tags, before the widespread use of twitter and other social media platforms, etc. It served a true purpose. But over time, that purpose has lessened and changed.

I have made a decision to step down from running the community when this current round of reccing ends. Is there anyone who would like to take it over? This would be 100 percent, you can run it however you like, with a few small exceptions like leaving all lists available and open, and not deleting the community at any point, etc.

If you are interested, please PM me your email address and I'll be in touch.

If no one claims the community by May 16, we'll finish up our current round of reccing, hold a week of "free-for-all" reccing where anyone can post a themed list, and then I will shut down regular updating. The comm and lists will still be there for people to see.

Regardless, I will not hand off the comm or shut it down without a few more updates, so don't fret about that!

Thanks to all.
25 April 2016 @ 04:09 am
There are stories where our two main characters meet and fall in love. And there are stories where our two main characters meet and take ages and ages to fall in love, sometimes spanning years of slowly falling for each other. I still can't decide which ones I like best, but here are some recs for the latter type.

Back to You (It Always Comes Around) by pianoforeplay
Jared and Jensen meet when they start filming. And then life gets in the way.

Passing on the Left-hand Side by withdiamonds
When Jared and Jensen meet, they instantly click. But both have their lives - and partners - are miles away from each other.

The Extra Light Switch by checkthemargins
Season 4 has it out for Jensen until he moves back in with Jared. Four years later is apparently the right time to start something between them.

In Becoming Who We Are by errant_jane
Years after a failed relationship with Jeff, Jared moves in with Jensen. But Jensen has a "no sex with roommates" rule and too much to lose.

The Only Constant by lazy_daze
When Supernatural ends and Jared decides to open up an animal shelter, his friendship with Jensen gradually changes.

A Year in Life by akintay
After Jared's breakup with Sandy, he doesn't need much. Jensen fills the space in his house nicely.

After the Tone by kashmir
After Supernatual ends, Jensen moves to New York. He ends up having a lot of one-sided conversations with Jared's voice mail.
03 April 2016 @ 11:44 pm
Apparently, I'm the most predictable person ever (with the most predictable reccing dates ever)...because today was the start of baseball season (YAY!), and I thought it would be a great time to rec a few baseball-themed fics, and...then I remembered that I already have a habit of doing this. But, the more the merrier (and 2009 was a long time ago)! This year's "new" crop of baseball-related fics hasn't really materialized yet, but here are a few recs to get the season started.

Baggage by CaffieneKitty (Dean/Lisa, Ben, G)
Just because everything is different doesn't mean anything has changed.

The Green Monster by leonidaslion (Dean, Sam, G)
Baseball, blood.

just fake it 'til you feel it by achillese (John, Adam, G)
Adam waits for John to show up for his annual birthday celebration, which normally consists of watching a baseball game. This year, though, John has a little something different up his sleeve.

Yet There Is Method In't by brynnmck (Dean, Sam, G)
"Put your coat on, Sammy," says Dean, "it's a special occasion."