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08 November 2008 @ 11:41 pm
Themed Recs: Theme List  
We here at Torchwood House like to play. We had a lot of fun putting together the horror themed rec list for Halloween, so we decided to do something similar on a smaller scale once a month. Each month one, at least one of our members is going to chose a theme and rec their current favorites in that theme.

Here's where you come in. We'd love it if you would suggest rec themes for us, let us know what themes you'd enjoy. We've started a list just to give you an idea of what we're looking for and to get your creative juices flowing. We love audience participation!

100 [drabbles]
Apocalypse Now-ish [fics about the end of the world]
Bringing Up Baby [kid!fic]
Cretaceous Park [fics featuring Myfanwy]
Five Favorite 'Five Things' Fics
Five Loooooooong Fics You Can't Live Without
Happy Endings [feel good fics]
I Have No Idea What Just Happened, But I Think I Like It
Ink and Skin [fics including writing on flesh]
Neverending Story [fics where books and reading are important]
Non Euclidean Geometry [non-linear/multimedia]
Old School [fics written pre-series two]
Playing House [domestic]
Pressing the Flesh [spanking, flogging, etc]
R.I.P. [death fic]
Reccers Choice
Short and Sweet [short fics]
Spock's Beard [parallel world fics]
The Trouble With Lisa [fics about Cyberwoman]
The X -Files [crossovers]
Timey Wimey [fics involving time travel]
To Sir, With Love [d/s]
Tripping the Light Fantastic [drunk/intoxicated]
Turnabout [body swap]
Two's Company, Three's Even Better [threesome fic]

Phew! That's a good start. We'll add more as we go.
albaalba17 on November 9th, 2008 05:30 am (UTC)
Ianto pre-S1 (Ianto backstory)
tiki b.: TW gdlandjbtikiaceae on November 9th, 2008 01:18 pm (UTC)
I second this. And also how about amnesia/retcon fics?
docere.documents on November 9th, 2008 05:42 am (UTC)
I'd love to see more revolving around Countrycide. And beautiful-sad themed stories; ones that leave you with a sore gut and a soggy face.
fightin' and trouble are my middle name: Jack stoned in a gutterused_songs on November 9th, 2008 10:25 am (UTC)
I love funny fics and the ones that have a real gut punch toward the end.
doctor_addicted on November 9th, 2008 10:28 am (UTC)
Got two ideas:

1) Red's His Colour (blushing, hats or sanguine stains)

2) The Sound of Music (someone raises their voice in a song or waltzes along)

Loving the suggested list! Can't wait for the first recs :D
annemjwannemjw on November 9th, 2008 10:29 am (UTC)
I'd like to see a Wait, What? category, for those fics that have either a twist or you really do have to read to the end to work out what just happened (like that one where the ferret makes everyone forget Jack).
annemjwannemjw on November 9th, 2008 10:38 am (UTC)
Oh, and ones in which the Doctor takes a different member of the team on a journey/travels! Torchwood Companions tend to bring their awesome with them...
Amy: tw: gwen the bridesuch_heights on November 9th, 2008 10:44 am (UTC)
Awesome! How about:

++ the pairings you never thought would work
++ femslash, because the boys don't have a monopoly on the gay
++ crossovers with Doctor Who
++ Year That Never Was stories
++ art/graphics
++ GWEN! I mean, um. Gwen-centric recs would be neat, I guess. GWEN! :D
demotudemotu on November 9th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
Would you believe, a few of us are actively scouring for good Gwen-fic (i.e. watching Gwen-centric comms) and there is almost none out there? (Need, Illegitimate, which I hope you read, is the latest we have found.)

It is a sorry state of affairs, I tell you.
Amy: tw: gwensuch_heights on November 9th, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
I have it open in my tabs and am looking forward to it!

It really is a sad, sad situation. And I complain, and yet, have not exactly written a lot of stories when Gwen is front and centre throughout, so. *should practice her preaching etc*
A Troop of Rogue Trained Monkeys from LJ's Searchhanuueshe on November 9th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
Psst... kiarasayre writes some really spectacular Gwen-centric pieces, and is pretty much one of the few people to write straight-up Gwen/Rhys for the sake of Gwen/Rhys. You know, pots, kettles, and all that jazz.
Amy: tw: rhys & chainsaw!such_heights on November 9th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
!!! *runs like the wind* :D
Janie (I think you'll find it's pronounced Jahnie)want_of_faith on November 9th, 2008 10:54 am (UTC)
Ooh, how about, 'Alien tech made me screw you'? Those are always fun.
Janie (I think you'll find it's pronounced Jahnie)want_of_faith on November 10th, 2008 08:46 am (UTC)
Or maybe, "This wouldn't have happened if we'd just cut off Owen's hands", which would cover all the fics where alien tech runs amok because Owen couldn't keep his hands to himself.
caladria: sir sircaladria on November 9th, 2008 11:16 am (UTC)
It Shouldn't Work, But It Does - those fics that use the most tired, most badly-done fandom tropes (mpreg, non-con, etc.) and turn them into something wonderful?

Rec-By Character? With each character taking it in turns for the spotlight? Especially if you include a month of minor characters like Rhys and Andy. Or Rec-By-Pairing as well, when pairings-which-are-not-Jack/Ianto get a go.

(Though I'll be interested to see how you handle the death-fics - sometimes the sucker-punch is in not knowing that they're going to die)
rabecka: JackLetterrabecka on November 9th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)

1. Outside Looking In - Torchwood from an outsider's point of view
2. Supporting Cast - Main focus on someone who appears in the show in a supporting role (Rhys, Andy, Swanson, ...)
3. Jack in the Past - 1869 : 2000
4. Team Bonding - Team friendship fics
5. It Came From the Rift - A rift artifact plays a major role
6. Non-who Crossovers - Just another vote for them. I love crossovers, but I'd separate x-overs with Doctor Who into a separate category
7. Who Episode Crossovers - Bssed on episodes (Boom Town, end S3, end S4)

(Sorry, I keep editing as new ideas occur...)

Edited at 2008-11-09 05:03 pm (UTC)
A Troop of Rogue Trained Monkeys from LJ's Search: DanceDanceStormtrooperhanuueshe on November 9th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
How about fics where members of the team are not what they appear to be? Most of the one's I've come across either have Ianto being born in a vat/of alien origin, but I read one really good one where Gwen was actually the twin sister of the Gwen from DW and had fallen through the Rift.
A Troop of Rogue Trained Monkeys from LJ's Searchhanuueshe on November 9th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
And also, because I couldn't have thought of this before I hit the post comment button, how about episodes where part of the Torchwood team travel with the Doctor. I know tanarian wrote an absolutely spectacular piece where Ianto faced down three Daleks that was recced here earlier...
rmrm on November 9th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
backstory fics
Rosiethewatch on November 9th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
Absolutely for all those suggested so far, just like to add:

Death by Torchwood: those who worked for Torchwood before our guys in all 3 (4?) branches and those Jack has known in the past. People like Emily, Adeola, and that weird guy in Glasgow. Something like "The Night Starts Here", but not our people centric.

Also can't think of a cool title for the catagory, but when our guys from TW don't work for TW, maybe falls into AU, them in a normal or different job, what kind of person are they like without TW.

So there's my essay :-)

Vera S.: Jack (indulgent smile)verasteine on November 10th, 2008 11:25 am (UTC)
Can I ask, or second if it's been said, for good fluff? Proper, in character, but still fluffy enough to make your teeth hurt??
Eva: torchwood - iantoevester on April 18th, 2009 04:54 am (UTC)
I don't know how big this list would be, but I love a good TimeLord!Ianto fic. Or maybe a bigger one would be those centered around SuperSecretAndImportant!Ianto. I love Ianto with super cool backstory.