First of all, apologies as I appreciate that this has been a long time coming! I have a good excuse in that I have been away in Berlin, but I now wish to put things right and share more fanfic goodness with you all!
The New Fic on the Block
New as of August 2014, this is an exceptionally well-written and gripping tale. Jareth weaves a trap for Sarah that seems practically inescapable, but she’s no easy conquest. I’ll quote a dialogue exchange below to demonstrate why you should read it.
“Why will you never see, Sarah? Why do you refuse to understand that our bargain is tilted so steeply in your favor?” Jareth said, seeming to grow, looming over her where she sat in the pool. “You receive so much, all of me, an infinity of dreams, and all I ask in return is—-”
“My submission,” Sarah said, setting her jaw. “Power over me. It’s not nothing. It’s everything.”
While marked as complete on AO3, this story still seems to be a work in progress.
The Golden Oldie
This brilliant story is one of the most mature and fully realised takes on the Jareth/Sarah relationship I’ve ever read. It begins with a twisty pursuit, but in a brilliant inversion of the typical way of things the story gets really interesting after our favourite twosome enter into a relationship and acknowledge some difficult truths rooted in the past. The sequel, With a Heart as Willing, is just as great and is quite unique in numerous thrilling and unpredictable ways.
This story is complete, though its sequel is a work in progress.
The Hidden Gem
This story is very different and really breaks the mould. It rotates between the perspectives of various characters (namely Sarah, Toby, Jareth and Hoggle), and realises all of them as complex personalities dealing with incredible difficult situations. Jareth has a plan afoot, and while I won’t spoil it with details I will say it lives up to his reputation for cruelty.
Although currently unfinished, the author posted an update (relatively) recently declaring her commitment to the story.
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There is a new writing challenge up at the LabyFic writing community! This time the challenge is based around David Bowie’s beautiful song ‘I Would Be Your Slave’, so if you’re intrigued and want to find out more follow the link and see what’s involved. Anyone can take part, and if you have any questions/concerns please just leave a comment or drop a message in my ask box.
Participating is a great way to reach a new audience and get feedback on your writing, so start exploring the community and check out the wonderful stories that have been posted so far.