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Celebrate beginnings and ends with stories from John Wick, Game of Thrones and more
Welcome to Read This Fanfiction, a weekly digest of the hottest and latest fanfics about all your favorite movies, television shows, anime, and more. Whether they're popular, heartbreaking, innovative, or just plain entertaining, here's what you should be reading!
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum opened in theaters this week to much acclaim and general agreement that Keanu Reeves is the best. He's having a bit of a Renaissance, isn't he? With an 88% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it's perhaps the best of the lot. If you're a fan of the high-adrenaline, all-action, dog-loving John Wick, then check out these fanfictions that fill in the gaps and continue the story.
"Made Men" by manic_intent
"With you it's always 'Father this', 'Father that'." Gianna sniffed. "It's an obnoxious habit. Very childish. Act your age."
"Oh? And trying to interrupt a stranger about his business isn't obnoxious?"
"You're such an asshole," Gianna said, incredulous. "I can't believe you said that. We're trying to save a life."
"If you were remotely interested in charity of that nature you wouldn't be in the family business."
The stranger was staring at them now, blinking owlishly. It wasn't an unfamiliar reaction to anyone exposed to his sister and their quarrels. "Do you guys mind?" he said finally. His voice was rusty, seldom used.
"a reasonable amount of trouble" by revanchist
The look she gave me could have chilled a man — or laid him out on a morgue slab. "My father died three weeks ago; he left the clan and his seat on the High Table to me. With that seat comes certain responsibilities."
"I'm retired," I said.
"You were retired," she said. "And while you were content to play house, or to drink yourself to death, or to drive around in your car wasting away — you were not my concern. But you chose to return to the board."
"Get out of my house," I said.
Gianna ignored me. "I do not want to be here, John. I came to call in a favor."
"A Final Gift" by Fantasticbeastsandheretofindthem
Either there was something terribly wrong with kids nowadays, or John just had been spending so many years of his life murdering people that he'd completely lost the ability to communicate with teenagers.
Well, nobody can have it both ways, he supposed.
Or perhaps, the problem was her— Atlas Greene, or Le petite Dragon, the 19-year-old freelancer who peeled his unconscious, bleeding-to-death ass off the street, who spoiled his pit bull with unlimited treats and long walks in the park, who claimed — rather unconvincingly — that she'd sworn a blood oath to keep him alive. With the kid by his side, the Baba Yaga would, in time, discover that there was something other than grief and vengeance in his life that was worth fighting for; through all of John's pain and loss, the Dragon would, eventually, understand the one and only puzzle she thought she could never solve, the puzzle whose pieces were stolen from her a long time ago: How to be human.
Sometimes, even the worst of us needed a little help.
"Time Bomb Town" by irisbleufic
Doc Brown would be disappointed in me for only just now hearing about the Back to the Future musical that's happening. A teaser trailer came out this week showing the iconic DeLorean time machine ahead of its February 2020 debut at the Manchester Opera House. To tide yourself over until more trailers come, enjoy this delightful fic of everyone in the Back to the Future universe being transported to the same time. Many a hijink ensues.
"Tragedy Porn" by aibari
Is Robert Pattinson the new Batman? He may very well be, and while some Twilight jokes are inevitable, the actor has some serious acting chops and has shown them off in some stellar indie films. That said, here's a Twilight/Batman crossover parody because it's too perfect not to feature.
"The Relationship Evolution" by Music Kat 18
The Big Bang Theory has ended. 12 years of antics of Leonard, Raj, Howard, Sheldon, Amy, Bernadette, and Penn came to a surprisingly touching end. While all the relationships have been interesting, the one between Sheldon and Amy had long been a driving force in the show. This fic looks at the life and evolution of their relationship from varying POVs.
"like gold to ayery thinnesse beate" by lalaietha
Game of Thrones is leaving us, but HBO is lying in wait, offering us a trailer of their His Dark Materials, ready to entice us to not all mass-cancel our HBO GO subscriptions at once. This beautiful fic is the first in a series about what an adult Lyra and Will would do if they discovered certain doors remained open. A wonderful read that is a gorgeous extension of canon.
"Last Resort" by sniperct
The trailer for World of Warcraft's update Rise of Azshara dropped this week, showing that the Alliance and the Horde will have to work together against a new enemy. In true WoW fashion, even the fics are epic. Enjoy this amazing tome that examines what a treaty may look like at the hand of the Sylvanas.
"The Basics" by slingading
Minecraft is getting its own AR release in the name of Minecraft Earth. According to GameSpot, this open-world version, free to play on iOS and Android, won't be out for a while, but this is our first look at it. In the meantime, enjoy this series of one-shots about the complicated lives of Steve and Herobrine, and what would happen if they were actually friends … kinda.
Crack!Fic of the Week
Crack!fic is a gem of the fanfiction world. Sometimes silly, other times weird, but also with a heavy dose of WTF, crack!fics are beautiful creations of boredom, sugar rushes, or a too-long hiatus. The crack!fic being featured this week is ...
"Europe's Biggest Party" by pllsetskyonice (hma1313)
Eurovision was last night. If you don't know what that is, I'm sorry, I can't explain it to you. But perhaps this fic about the characters from Yuri!!! On Ice watching Eurovision can. Just know there's a lot of sequins involved.