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 Part 1 – a list of highly acclaimed authors, all who have written 3+ XMFC fics:*

Pookaseraph @ AO3 | LJ | Tumblr | DW Author of 20+ X-Men: First Class fics, including the The Mutant Criminal Investigative Service series, Nation Building and Other Diplomatic Relations, Taken By His Majesty and Mutually Beneficial Transaction.

Etirabys @AO3 | LJ  Author of 15+ X-Men: First Class, etirabys wrote A Deeper Season, The Free Hugs AU and The Cockblocking Highschool AU.

Yahtzee @AO3 Author of 10+ X-Men: First Class fics, including The Winter of Banked Fires, Enigma, Undone and The Attempt.

Tawabids @LJ Author of 30+ X-Men: First Class fics, including Show Me Your Teeth, Incy Wincy Spider and Unsuitable Men and Other Cosmic Standards.

Clocks @AO3 | LJ | Tumblr | DW Author of 5+ X-Men: First Class fics, including Our House, In The Middle of The Street, Paper Monsters and The Proper Care of Actors.

Alishatorn @AO3 | LJ  | Tumblr Author X-Men: First Class of 10+ fics, including These Bridges We’ve Built, As We Saunter Vaguely Down and These Are The Days.

Pocky_slash @AO3 | LJ Author of 20+ X-Men: First Class fics, including The Daycare Verse, No Yesterdays On The Road and Compromise.

Manic_Intent @AO3  | LJ Author of 10+ X-Men: First Class fics, including Some Assembly Required, Any Measure of Peace and Skin Deep.

Regann @AO3 | LJ Author of 5+ X-Men: First Class fics, including An Earlier Heaven, Guilty By Association and Never Be a Better Chance.

Thehoyden @ AO3 | LJ | DW Author of 3+ X-Men: First Class fics, including What Not To Expect When You're Not Expecting It, X Marks the Spot and

Nekosmuse @ AO3 | LJ | DW Author of 5+ X-Men: First Class fics, including An Ideal Grace, Safe Houses and Love's Own Crown.

Aesc @ AO3 | LJ | DW Author of 5+ X-Men: First Class fics, including The one where Erik owns an antiques shop and Charles is a professor, The changeling; or, Charles Xavier (a Novel by a Lady) and Slight return

Dreamlittleyo @ AO3 | LJ | DW Author of 5+ X-Men: First Class fics, including The Tower and the Hurricane, Shout it Out Loud and Blood and Steel and Miles Between.

*no personal comments made. This list is OBJECTIVE, collected through  a mixture of responses, word count, AO3 hits and amount of fic written.

Part 2 – If you were only going to read fifteen fics in this fandom, here are the ones you should read…:

“Nine Eleven Ten” – WIP - Probably the most popular fic in the entire fandom, you need to read it a) to acclimate yourself to what kind of people you’re going to be associating with b) people judge you if you haven’t read it and c) to realize the extent of world building that can done with a premise such as X-Men: First Class, or Marvel Fandom if you want to be really broad.

“Limited Release” – If you don’t like this fic, or just government/law enforcement type fic in general, then this fic is a warning – for someone who’s canonically against the government, there’s a lot of fic where Erik’s in the FBI or the CIA or a detective and basically being the ooposite of a terrorist. Also, this fic is by rageprufrock. It’s the only fic she’s written for XMFC (maybe so far), but Pru is a household fandom name at this point, you probably know her, and her fics never disappoint.

“What Not To Expect When You’re Not Expecting It” – There are fandoms out there who loathe mpreg with a passion. And then there’s the X-Men fandom, who pretty much manage to insert into daily life like it’s nothing. This fic is pretty much an indicator of two tropes within the fandom: fix-its and mpreg. We’re a tragic fandom, most of the time, so we hold or fluff close to our hearts because it needs to be protected from all the angst.

“Utopia” – WIP - But don’t get too comfortable in the fluff. “Dark themes” is probably another trending genre in XMFC, and, they POP PUT OF NOWHERE, sometimes with no warning. This one has a warning, but read it as part of your training to survive. Also, this is just me bragging here, but this is also an example of what our kink meme can churn up. Because woah.

“Time To Grow” -  Probably one of my favourite fix-its. They involve chess dates, dinner dates, and… well. They involve Charles and Erik dating despite their opposing sides, and the writing in this fic is exquisite. I think the appropriate summary was “if Charles hadn’t been paralysed on the beach”. Which, again, people tend to write, just to lessen the tragedy.  In this case, it’s done extremely well.

“Our House, In The Middle of The Street” – One of the best AUs, because it’s a really good reflection of the actual movie. Charles is a foster parent. Enough said. If that isn’t enough to convince you, this fic spawned so much artwork, it probably has its own tag on tumblr. Pretty much a lighter Nine Elven Ten.

Rumor Has It” – WIP - Kidfic is really popular in this fandom, because Erik and Charles are obviously gay dads. Not as much as in this fic, which is an EPIC family fic, btw. It brings together the cast in so many good ways, and makes their relationships with each other believable, beautiful and ALL THE FEELINGS. I think out of all the fics, I’d recommend this because it balances all the genres, and doesn’t lean too much into one. It’s not too dark, but not too light either. Perfect blend.

“In The Punchline” – Just a hilarious fic, which you NEED in this fandom. I have this thing, okay/ For every tragic fic I read in this fandom I have to read TEN happy fics. You might as well start collecting now. This fic is hilarious, it has the best one liners EVER, and Charles’ stream of consciousness puts all of ours TO SHAME.

Humane Society” – X-Men fandom loves its kittens. Another trope-ish fic. Or, I think there was once a request on the kink meme about how Erik would feel about Charles if he was human, and so there are fic floating around about Charles being human and Erik being a mutant. This one is the cutest, with no inferiority or abuse or sadness. It is rainbows and puppies and awesome, all rolled into one.

“Love” – Okay, this fic should remind you that X-Men: First Class is sent in the 60’s, and that no amount of mutation can erase some of the prejudice that exist during that time. I think this fic has the right amount of balance between ‘being a good person, and knowing what prejudice feels like’ and still being a product of your time.

“Cause and Effect” – WIP –  Mpreg again. This one isn’t about the mpreg, though. This is a really realistic impression of mpreg that I think you should read before any other. I know some of you just don’t like mpreg because it’s unrealistic, but this fic… is. In all the ways. Stay for the drama too, because there’s LOTS.

“Gods Among Men” – I think this fic is a really good way of seeing Charles through Erik’s eyes. Or at one side of the argument. Just read it. It’s like a primer of “who Erik and Charles are, and all the ways they are different”.

“The Noise” – X-Men fandom ALSO loves crossing over all the other movies that Michael and James have done. This one is a crossover with Wanted, a film James McAvoy did. It’s also amazing. Introducing to you the only fandom whose made such a big deal about all the OTHER roles the actors of their OTP play. It’s like we believe that all across the universe, Erik and Charles are meant to be.

“These Bridges We’ve Built” – A lot of fic tends to focus a lot of the small group of mutants in XMFC – sometimes it focuses just on Charles and Erik – this fic has a large ensemble of characters. It’s Cherik but bigger, and I like how it balances out two main characters while not forgetting that OTHER PEOPLE EXIST TOO.

“Shout It Out Loud” – Another thing XMFC writers do, or at least reference, is the ~profound mutant bond~ Erik and Charles have. Because they do have one. They are soulmates, gene mates, mind mates, every mate. This fic makes it happen contextually, rather than something that underpins the relationship between Erik and Charles. 

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X-Men First Class fics read from January 1-5, recced on tumblr. Click the picture to check out the links! If you're wanting for daily recs, check out the twitter account!
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1. Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves by[personal profile] auburn is novel length, and creates a universe that's so amazing and different from the one we know, despite having the same characters and the same universe. It's a different reality, and shows how easy it is to bend reality in the SGA universe without ever having to completely go AU. The story is perfect, but you'd need some knowledge of SG-1 (though google can solve most of it for you). It tells the story of former Tauri Air Force officer Jehan abd-Baal (John Sheppard), former Tauri, but not former scientist Meredith McKay, former Goa'uld queen Vala Mal Doran and all the people they pick up off the way. It has two codas: Killdeer and Everybody Knows

2. Aegis by Springwoof and Leah is another story that shows how flexible the SGA fandom is - how easy it is to create universes that diverges so far and yet so little from the show everyone watches and loves. I read Aegis without any knowledge of SGA, and I adored it. It was only after I watched the show that I realized how similar everything was, how everything was reconstructed from the universe that already existed. It's definitely for the readers - written for SGA Big Bang, it's a unique gem that explores how different things would have been if the ATA meant having powers, and how that would change things. Has two sequels - Enthrall and Stricken.

3. Found by [livejournal.com profile] ekaterinn should be warned for genderswap, but you barely notice it, so I'm not sure. This story is short, but shows how amazing the writers of the fandom are, that they can make something like genderswap (which many people abhor) so natural, without offending anyone's sensibilities.

4. Freedom's Just Another Word For Nothing Left To Lose by [personal profile] synecdochic is one of the fandom's most well-loved and most heart breaking stories. One which I couldn't ever read again, but oh I would love to. It's a deathfic and focuses on life after Atlantis for Rodney McKay. The story is a picture of what reality the fandom works with, the one where not every thing is a happily ever after, and it's written so beautifully and painfully.

5. Bang by [personal profile] rageprufrock is a well-loved story - though Pru is well loved in the SGA fandom altogether. In this one, it shows how Earth is no longer John's home in a hilariously creative way, without really coming out and saying "Earth is no longer John's home". It's light-hearted and cracky in a way that's totally possible.

6. Cartography by Touch by [personal profile] rageprufrock . I thought I might as well go through her fic list now - a lot of them are fandom classics. CbT is what I like to call "deeper than the seventh ring of Hell". It's beautifully written and delves pretty deep inside John's psych. It takes a lot of reading between the lines to find out what's going on, but this story is amazing. It has a companion piece, too.

7.  Bagglevarger's Theory of Inversive Magic by [livejournal.com profile] skoosiepants is a Harry Potter crossover that isn't so much a crossover as it is in the Harry Potter universe. But once again, it merges the Stargate universe so well and it doesn't feel as if they'd just dumped Stargate's characters into Rowling's world. Has a drabble series

8. Bell Curve, or, Ladies Night at the Boom Boom Room by [personal profile] rageprufrock  is an AU that beats out every other AU to ever AU. The one where Rodney is a college professor and he meets John the Bartender/Stripper, who is actually his TA, and due to stupid cousins who have incestuous crushes on him, also turns out to be his boyfriend. An AU that stays true to the characters of John and Rodney. Amusing and heartwarming all at once. And so, so epic It's also a series: with many sequels: Learning Curve, or, Tab, Exponential Curves, or, Chance , Curve Ball, Skew Curve, Pursuit Curve, Rhodonea Curves

9. Mr Fantastic and Einstein's Wife by glitterlube is pure crack, but had me smiling so much by the end of it that I'd recommend it to anyone (who read fic). John has been Rodney's best friend for many years, and all he wants is Rodney to marry him! Being straight means nothing - he'll come around.

10. 100 Happy Things by [livejournal.com profile] busaikko is the one where John is Jona - but it's not a genderswap. The story is soft around the edges in that way you can get lost in. Rodney is raising Jeannie's daughter and they meet. This story touches upon sensitive subjects so well, and Rodney and John's characters are true to who they are in the show, even in the very different circumstances. Here's a companion piece

15 more recs under the cut ) is the one where people don't just die in combat. Heartbreaking, yes. Written in a very realistic and a very refreshing way (though I'm not sure how that makes sense - refreshing and heartbreaking.) 

15. And Be One Traveler by [livejournal.com profile] trinityofone and [livejournal.com profile] amirael . So beautiful and amazing and ahdshjdhfj. So David Hewlett gets transported to the Stargate universe and meets all the characters, and, as everyone does, fall in love with John. This is so amazing jdjfjdjjsjsks the way he sees the characters is so amazing, I can't really explain it. You do have to join the community to see the fic though. All you need to do is join. IT IS AMAZING.

16. Gods That Slumber by [livejournal.com profile] nixa_jane  is one of those fics that seem so quiet, because it's so intense. It's very similar to canon, other than one difference. It's short, but still extremely well-written. Sequel is Engineering The Fall.

17. He's Having Her Baby! and He's Having His Baby! by [personal profile] rageprufrock is the fake-mpreg turned into real mpreg cautionary tale. Really, really really really amusing and so so sweet at the same time and I'm really running out of different ways to compliment all the amazing fics this fandom has to offer. Oh my god.

18. No Refunds Or Exchanges by [personal profile] astolat is the one where John is a mail order bride that Rodney did not want, but definitely needed. I'm just gonna summarize the fics now because they're all amazing, and there just cannot be that many ways to say "amazing".

19. A Beautiful Lifetime Event by [personal profile] astolat . Rodney and John acquire a baby, build and burn bridges and try to function as heterosexual lifemates, before they inevitably give up and just be normal lifemates.

20. Fading Skies by [livejournal.com profile] diamond_raven . John gets injured in Somalia and can never walk again. Rodney loves him enough to carry him through, and John struggles through so so many things, and the thought that he doesn't deserve Rodney anymore.

21.The Dark Side by [personal profile] astolat . The one where Rodney is a Jedi and John is a Sith Lord. (Or, the fic that made me grudgingly respect Star Wars)

22. The Other Road by [livejournal.com profile] seekergeek . Elizabeth chuckled. "You know Rod's not the type to settle down, Sam. He's too busy saving the galaxy. And frankly I think he's having too much fun now that he's finally able to be the chief science officer he signed up to be instead of running the military end of things."

23. A Slightly Different Quality of Light by [personal profile] rageprufrock . Still, he leans in to whisper, "Don't worry. I'm not telling. But just for future reference? 'You're so pretty' is not a pick-up line you want to keep falling for."

24. Heteronormativity, Gender Construction, and Non-Verbal Signaling in Intercultural Communication: A Comedy by [livejournal.com profile] madmaudlin HET WARNING. HET WARNING HET WARNING.  (did I mention HET?) John/Teyla via the Mensa 'verse

25. Tannhauser Gate by [livejournal.com profile] trinityofone . He could still remember what it felt like, the first time he stepped out of the wormhole and into Atlantis. Lights coming on all around them, welcoming them, welcoming him home.

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