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[personal profile] damalur
Title: The Long Way Home
Author: AmeliaFaulks
Characters/Pairings: Clark/Lois (movieverse)
Length: 15,806 words
Summary: Glasses! They have a lot to answer for.

It is midnight and I am rewatching Superman, and a Superman rewatch always entails reading Superman fic. I have no explanation for why Superman of the comic book never seized me the way Superman of the screen does, but between Christopher Reeve and Brandon Routh (about whom I have at times had doubts, but man, it is hard to not accept him as Superman; his portrayal just kind of worms its way into your heart and lives there), I am one happy Superfan.

This particular story is one of my favorites; there's just the right blend of humor and TENSION! and identity porn to keep things interesting until the happy ending rolls around. Martha Kent is at her finest - I love when writers have her call Clark out - and this reveal? Oh, this reveal. If you're a fan of Jason (heck, even if you aren't), I think it will leave you as senseless as it always does me.

Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3690973/1/The_Long_Way_Home
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[personal profile] damalur
Title: Déjà Vu
Author: [personal profile] htbthomas
Characters: Clark/Lois, Jason, Richard, Jimmy, Perry (movieverse)
Length: 99,870 words
Summary: Lois slowly remembers details about the time that was erased. When she remembers it all, how will she react? Sequel to Superman Returns, references to SII.

"Déjà Vu" was my first introduction to Superman movieverse fic, and still among my very favorites. What makes this particular story stand out from the pack, at least for me, is the relationship between Lois and Jason; Lois feels like such a mother in this, but her ferocity isn't at all tempered by her new position in life. Jason's pretty much adorable pretty much all of the time, and any scene with him melts me into a puddle of goo. (I could say that about most of the story, actually, although there are some heartrending scenes, too, and a good old fashioned mystery at the plot's center.)

My addiction to Lois & Jason moments aside, this story does a fantastic job of tying Superman Returns in with the previous films. Lois and Richard's distancing is very well handled; most fics err too far to one extreme, glossing over Richard entirely or making him the villain or writing his relationship with Lois in a lingering way that is agonizing to any Clark/Lois fan. Romance still firmly rooted in the world of the Daily Planet, a fantastic Lois-voice, scenes that make me all squishy, and a great (re)reveal - what more does a Superman fic need?

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/27130
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[personal profile] damalur
Title: Sunspots
Author: Hadrien Asbury
Characters: Clark/Lois (movieverse)
Length: 119,870 words; permanent hiatus
Summary: What hopes to be an in depth look at the romance and complications in the lives of Lois, Clark, and Superman from multiple perspectives leading up to, through and possibly beyond the greatest Solar Maximum in recorded astronomical history.

I recommend this story only with reservation; the writing itself could do with a beta reader or three and some of the characterization strikes me as sketchy (YMMV), but the way Clark and Lois's relationship is treated far outweighs the occasional problem with tense.

I do mean Clark and Lois's relationship, too. In the context of the story Lois still has no idea that Clark is Superman; although the plot is certainly building in that direction, this is one of those permanently unfinished epics. The author does a nothing short of brilliant job creating and populating the top floor of the Daily Planet, and the exploration of Clark Kent's impact on Lois's life, of their relationship and how those around them might interpret it, are what pushes this story from full of potential to where is the coffee, can't sleep until finished.

Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3629836/1/Sunspots
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[personal profile] damalur
Title: Franz Kafka's Girlfriend
Author: AmeliaFaulks
Characters: Clark/Lois (movieverse)
Length: 170,701 words
Summary: In a world where Superman has no memory erasing powers, Lois and Clark try to deal with the facts of their ridiculously complicated relationship the best way they know how...so not all that well, then.

Here is how enthralling this story is: I've read it five or six times over the years, and it still kept me up until four in the morning last night with a re-read, and there is not even blatant identity porn. It's a direct continuation of the first two movies (though it does blend in some elements from Superman Returns), but it proposes a universe with no memory-altering kiss; Lois knows who Clark is from the story's beginning.

There is angst, there is romance, there is eventual happiness, there is a brilliant cameo by Batman, and there is enough of Lois-and-Clark-being-hard-hitting-reporters to satisfy even my insatiable tastes. (The way Lois and Clark get caught up in all sorts of banter and wordplay and semantic tangents, by the way, is beautiful.) The author has a couple of grammatical tics that occasionally leap off the page, but nothing serious enough to impair my enjoyment. A-triple-plus.

Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3775541/1/Franz_Kafkas_Girlfriend
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[personal profile] damalur
Title: Getting Eaten Alive
Author: Tandrelmairon
Characters: Clark/Lois (movieverse)
Length: 56,461 words
Summary: The LoisClark relationship the way my sources say it developed, keeping only the legend basics as canon.

This is story of ideas. It's also a beautiful story, and a story populated with exquisite and rounded people, but above all it is a story that rolls through your mind like molasses - slow and sweetly building, both incredibly concrete and so filled with larger concepts as to be almost ethereal. It's one of those stories that I could read once a month for a year and emerge with something new and different every time, and it is still packed full of the sort of character moments that keep me coming back to fiction. The dynamics between Perry, Jimmy, Clark, and Lois - always and especially Clark and Lois - are all the more compelling for Tandrelmairon's fresh retelling.

I'm always a sucker for stories that delve into Clark's alien physiology, too, especially stories that don't paint Clark as too alien. On top of that, this has just about everything else I love in the best Superman stories, right up to a Lois who is the best damn reporter in the game. Forty billion gold stars.

Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3038315/1/Getting_Eaten_Alive
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[personal profile] damalur
Title: Fifteen Days
Author: AmeliaFaulks
Characters: Lois/Clark
Length: 8365 words
Summary: "Leueen? What's happening in the world?"

It is not even an exaggeration to say that I love everything this woman writes. There's something about the way she crafts the Lois & Clark relationship that is just so much fuller than what the films show us, and her stories are always so grounded in journalistic realism that it really seems like you're following around two reporters, one of whom just happens to moonlight as a superhero.

Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5483822/1/