It's been over 3 months since my first set of YoI recs
... how on earth did that happen? At that point I felt I was basically answering the question "has any good fic been written in this fandom?" Now we're around 15,000 fics in, and I hesitate to think how many of those I've at least peeked at. What that means is the question has evolved significantly to, "what has stayed with you?"
I haven't repeated any of the fics that I recommended the first time around, though there were some where I dearly wanted to. ('Vodka Tonic'...)
I also note that this is a somewhat... diverse set of fics. Partly this is a reflection of my own taste but partly I suspect it's easier to find that one Sara/Mila fic memorable than it is to remember exactly which
Victor-and-Yuuri-in-Hasetsu fic you thought was the really great one. (Because there are definitely some great ones out there.) In short, like Victor, I've prioritised being surprised
. Other themes include lack of communication/communication barriers, and Victor's insecurities (for a change).
I'd imagined that I'd left detailed, rapturous comments on each and every one of these. But I haven't. Damn. Maybe that's my next task.Maybe it started like this
A very good fic with a truly excellent third chapter. You could call this a PWP – it's also one of the best Victor character studies I've read. I loved the unpredictability of Victor and Yuuri's interactions here, the ways in which it doesn't
go like a cliched romantic encounter.Call everything on the ice
The one where Victor is secretly learning Japanese. The author does such a good job of getting across the feeling of a language barrier, and one that's rapidly diminishing. And the language barrier as a metaphor for Victor and Yuuri's relationship. I'm not a fan of the last chapter (Harry Potter epilogue territory) but that's a minor quibble.here's to the glory still to be
A sixteen-year-old Victor time travels to the present, and he and Yuri Plisetsky turn out to understand each another like no one else could. Teenage Victor is not a nice person, really, and I know this upset some readers, but heavens this packs a punch. I spent basically a whole day thinking about this fic after first reading it.Life unwoven
Another time travel fic (younger Yuuri into the future, older Yuuri into the past), which I probably shouldn't rec yet because there are only three chapters so far. But I'm already fascinated by the way that it's using timetravel to unpick the dynamics of the relationship between Victor and Yuuri. ( "You know, I never told you that." "Told me what?" "That I hadn't meant to ask you to marry me.")Let me get close enough
One of my favourite of the first-time-in-Hasetsu fics. I can't articulate what it is, but I'm really fond of it.Cast me gently into morning, for the night has been unkind
Slow burn JJ/Yuri P fic, beautifully done and beautifully paced – which you can rarely say about an incomplete 50k fic, but this one reads like a novel. Worth a try whether or not you think you like the pairing.And baby makes three
Read this and was 100% sold on the idea of a Victor who absolutely longs for a baby.tu étais formidable, j’étais fort minable
Victor and Yuuri, as an established couple, bring Chris into the equation. Basically a PWP, but with Feelings. And just the right amount of negotiation, not too little and (crucially) not too much.Rain down on me
A study on kink and miscommunication, with a Victor who has his own vulnerabilities and insecurities around his return to competition.RPF on the Rocks
A figure skating RPF primer from the YoI universe, just before the Sochi Grand Prix Final. I basically want to read everything described here, with the exception of the Crispinocest.Father Figure
A very young Yuri Plisetsky meets Victor for the first time, and imagines that Victor is his father. This is so far from the usual 'smol son' trope, with an equally immature Victor who causes the mess in the first place.rise intact
Mila/Sara with amazing, evocative detail in the writing.icebreaker
A guilty pleasure, but my favourite example of the "retired Yuuri's classmates have no idea he was a figure skating star" trope.cycling
Victor realises that he hasn't forgiven Yuuri for Barcelona. Short, but this has a wonderful impact to it, and not in a simplistic way either.on love
Yakov and Lilia discuss Yuri Plisetsky's exhibition skate over drinks. Yuri and Otabek aren't the only ones who are getting closer. Man, I wish there were more Yakov/Lilia...
And finally, this is figure skating RPF and not YoI at all, but I figured I'd throw it in for good measure...Be One Traveler
Nearly 30k engaging words about what happens why Evan Lysacek (Johnny Weir's biggest rival, presumed straight) wakes up one morning in a universe where he and Johnny are living together.