Feb. 26th, 2012

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Fandom: Prince of Tennis
Characters: Shishido Ryou, Ootori Choutarou, Shishido/Ootori, Hyoutei
Length/Type: Multi-chapter (2 parts, approx. 12,780 words), may actually be considered as Gen

Summary: When Shishido Ryou loses his regular spot on the tennis team, he turns to Ohtori Choutarou for help. This is where they started, but not where they will end.

To quote the author, "This is the Silver Pair when they weren't the Silver Pair. This is them when they were Shishido Ryou and Ohtori Choutarou." And she does it so wonderfully. ;_; I love well-done "behind the scenes" type of fics, the ones that show all the missing scenes and thoughts that go into making something we mostly only see the result of in canon. Here, we get to watch Shishido's journey from his fall from the Hyoutei regulars to how he climbs back up. Not only does it cover how his friendship with Choutarou was built, but it also goes into other details that are often taken for granted, like how he ends up playing Taki in an attempt to win his spot back, etc.

This is Silver Pair at its best when they were still just teammates and how their friendship grew from Shishido's ordeal. A huge part of what makes the fic great is her Shishido - she writes him so very well. And, also, the way her Shishido sees Choutarou. *loves*

Story: The Distance Between Us [Rating: PG] - by [livejournal.com profile] everlind 
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Fandom: Prince of Tennis
Characters: Shishido/Ootori, Atobe/Jirou, Hyoutei, plus a prominent OC
Length/Type: Multi-chapter (21 chapters, approx. 92,000 words)

Summary: Sometimes you don't appreciate the value of what you've got, until you don't have it any more.

I discovered Miko's fics rather late, which could be a good thing because it came at a time when I felt like I had burned through all the good Silver Pair fics in existence and needed MOAR. And boy did she provide it. To date, this particular fic may be the ultimate one that put me through some very major Silver Pair emotional wringer. It yanked me across pretty much the entire range of oh my gods, oh noes, and oh yesses. I can't even begin to describe the hurt and the squee I felt through various stages of the story. It was just one big intense reading fest for me, leading right up to the feeling of bliss and satisfaction at the ending.

Emotional wringing aside, I especially like how human she made Shishido and Ootori in this - and how she covers the dynamics (and hardships) of their friendship/relationship in all aspects (from personal to tennis partners) and to discovering one's feelings (not a light thing). It also feels believable the way she told it, which is probably why it managed to throw me into fits of OMG - which are all marks of good storytelling, me thinks.

Story: Jealousy [Rating: NC-17] - by [archiveofourown.org profile] Miko ([livejournal.com profile] miko_no_da on LJ)
(note: rated for explicit sexual content)
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Fandom: Prince of Tennis
Characters: Ooishi/Kikumaru
Length/Type: One-shot (approx. 1200 words)

Summary: Eiji doesn't have Oishi's patience.

This particular fic uses a pretty common GP plot-device, but what makes it stand out for me is the way the author approaches the characterization. It isn't a long piece by any means, but it manages to touch upon some very essential aspect of GP and the roles Ooishi and Kikumaru have in each other's lives. I especially like their reactions to each other, as well as their interaction with each other.

Truth is - I love Golden Pair, but for various reasons, I don't often find myself being satisfied with a lot of GP fics I come across - which is likely due to the fact that I seem to be in the minority as to how I view GP, and by extension, Kikumaru and Ooishi as individuals. The author herself states "This is how I see Eiji - there is no weepy uke here." - and, well, I guess what I'm trying to say is, I quite like her Eiji (and her Ooishi too).

Story: Seein' Red [Rating: PG] - by [livejournal.com profile] pixxers