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Essential Hanfics

Essential Hanfics

Last time I posted a recs list, it was focused on a polarizing subject — Zaylor. This time, I decided to be a lot more general and post about the stories I think all hanfic fans should read. These are the stories that to me define what hanfic is and are some of the best examples of it. They’re mostly fairly old, but still well worth checking out if you haven’t.

A lot of early hanfic was full of Mary Sues and written by young girls. One of the first great examples of what older authors could add to the fandom was the series made up of Walls and Roads. The stories could use a little editing, but they are still a fantastically heartbreaking take on the toll fame so often takes on child stars.

Two more early examples of stories that were full of suffering for Taylor are Holding Onto Nothing (and its sequel Divided We Fall) and The Quiet One. The former is possibly the first, or at least the best, “long lost twin” story, and the latter is not so much a tale of horror as it is the incredible bond between brothers.

Speaking of suffering, Zac Says Taylor Still Wets The Bed has plenty of that for all three brothers, along with international espionage and terror, and even a little bit of humor. The third story is unfinished the but series is still well worth reading.

The ultimate in unfinished stories, though, is one of the only hanfics to ever create its own fandom. I’m talking, of course, about Devil Angel. Slash may not be everyone’s thing, but this is still a great story. It blends teenage romance, hot sex scenes and even a (sadly unresolved) mystery.

So many of the greatest stories seem to be sad ones, and Lived is no exception. This time, it’s Zac turn to be the one to suffer, although the story mostly focuses on those he leaves behind. It took me years to get past the first few paragraphs without crying, but it was well worth it once I did.

For those who prefer their fic more AU than canon, Falling and its sequels will be right up your alley. With strong original characters, fantastic portrayals of very young versions of the three brothers and a plot ripped from an episode of Law and Order: SVU, this story has everything — including humor!

Speaking of humor, one story that has it in abundance is Catapult. The plot is nearly impossible to describe — Taylor’s spirit/soul appears to a girl he once knew while his body is in a coma… and they fall in love. It’s so much more than that strange summary, though, and so worth reading.

Because I can’t seem to get away from the angst, yet another fantastically well written example of the piles of suffering authors loved to heap on the characters around the turn of the century is Burn. It’s a long, painful ride, but so wonderfully rendered.

Lastly, a story that managed to pass lots of people by but which I think is still one of the best hanfics out there — By Appointment Only. Zac and Taylor as male escorts — do I need to say more?! It’s hot, sweet, funny and absolutely perfect.

There are so, so many other stories I could include on this list, but I’m stopping here. Feel free to comment and let me know what your essentials are!

We both know we could never choose <3

We both know we could never choose <3

Zaylor is a polarizing topic in hanfic. If you aren’t into it, you should probably avoid this post. If you are or think you might be, this recs list will provide you with the “essential” fics for this pairing. They may not always be the best, but these are some of the fics that in my opinion define the genre and should be read by everyone.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I don’t know about you guys and girls, but it’s still freezing where I live. For the cheesiest holiday of the year, I thought I would give you a few stories sure to warm your hearts… and maybe a few other body parts as well.

*By Appointment Only — Starting out with something nice and steamy! This is one story I will promote until I’m blue in the face. It’s funny, sexy and definitely sweet and romantic, too. The idea of Zac and Taylor working as glorified hookers may seem odd, but I promise it’s worth reading.

*Damn It — A sweet little college AU with some humorous moments, some super sweet moments and one of the most adorable Zacs ever.

*Full Count — Zac as a professional baseball player? Why not?! Another cute, sweet and funny story about his relationship with the coach’s daughter.

*Glint of Heaven — A very old school but very sweet teenage romance set just before Hanson’s rise to fame. The protagonist, Clio, is just as fantastic as the story’s Taylor.

*Orange Sky — A sexy, smart, funny story. Chick lit at its best from Brittney.

Sorry for the slash and cest fans, but let’s be honest, those genres do angst so much better than they do fluff. But no worries — I’ll be back soon with a list of stories just for you!

Tis the season to read hanfic…

Tis the season to read hanfic…

Everybody needs a little loving around Christmas time, right? With that thought in mind, I wanted to share a few fun little seasonal hanfics with you guys. There are all sorts of treats here, both naughty and nice.

*Snow Job by Nanaja. I think you can guess just from the title what sort of treat this one is. It’ll cool you off and warm you up at the same time.

*Mistletoe by Candystix. Anyone familiar with that author’s name can guess what sort of story this one is. This is one of her “Exotic Delights,” so tread lightly if cest isn’t your thing.

*Emotion Sickness by Rachael. Not strictly a Christmas story, but it does take place at Christmas and it’ll have your belly shaking like a bowl full of jelly while you laugh at the characters’ hilarious antics.

*The Gifts by Flash. If you’re craving something a little more bittersweet this Christmas, Flash’s Hansonized version of The Gift of the Magi might hit the spot.

*Twas The Night Before Christmas Hanson Style by Jay Windley. Lastly, how about an old school parody from the very first Christmas we all spent with the boys?

I think that’s a little something for everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful (and Hansony) whatever you celebrate this winter 🙂

Trick or Treat, give me something good to read!

Trick or Treat, give me something good to read!

You guys may or may not know this, but Halloween is kind of my favorite holiday. I thought it would be a perfect time to give you guys a little treat, in the form of a themed recs list. I did a few of these way back in the beginning of the domain, but those lists have been lost. So let’s just pretend this is the first!

And of course, since it’s Halloween, the list is spooky, ghoulish and full of all sorts of creepy crawlies. Of course, the Yellow Walkie Talkie was a good source for that sort of story back in the day, but few of those links still work. I’ve tried to find some newer, or at least still active, links to some of all the awesome Halloweeny hanfic stories out there. And here they are, below the jump.

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