Well, you voiced your opinions and it was clear that the fanfic round-up came out on top! I’ll aim to keep this series reasonably frequent (at least once a month) and would love to hear your thoughts on how it could be developed and made richer. If there are any stories you would like to recommend, drop me a message and I’d be happy to consider them.
A quick note on the purpose of this series: With these series, I aim to shine a light on some of the most intriguing, memorable and promising stories in the fandom. It won’t just stick to recommending the old favourites, and will instead link to stories you may not have heard of before and new titles by promising authors. While my picks will, of course, be influenced by my own tastes and preferences (warning: I don’t tend to read straightforward fluff) I will try to keep things balanced by considering stories put forward by readers.
The New Fic on the Block
This story was only published at the start of July, but already has seven pacy and intense chapters. If you’ve read The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer (yes, the Laura Palmer of Twin Peaks fame), you’ll find this story strongly reminiscent of it; it’s a follow-up to the movie told through Sarah’s diary, and I was very impressed by the subtle changes in the narrative voice as Sarah grows and begins to realise that she is a prisoner to her nightmares. This story starts off with a killer hook (I’m almost being literal with that) and when you start reading you’ll probably find it difficult to stop. Be warned for content, as this is a very dark story with scenes of an adult nature.
The Golden Oldie
This recommendation is timely, mainly because this story is finally being updated again after years (and I do mean years) of inactivity. Personally speaking, this was one of the first stories I read when I was new to the fandom and it has always remained a favourite. It portrays an unusually mature and strong Sarah; she’s a convincing adult, yet she’s also a convincing champion of the Labyrinth. The story hinges on Sarah’s bond with her child, Jessie, and is surrounded by an air of impending tragedy as the characters engineer their victories and their falls. The writing here is taut and affecting, and the characterisations are unusually nuanced and well-rounded.
The Hidden Gem
I adore fairy-tales, and this story combines the characters of Labyrinth with one of the strangest and most powerful of all tales: that of a princess who flees her father using a magical coat made from animal furs. In this story Sarah returns to the Labyrinth after ten years, and while she is always disguised her disguise doesn’t always stay the same. As Jareth becomes progressively more intrigued by the mysterious, beautiful stranger who attends his balls, Sarah starts to realise she’s risking more than she first thought upon her return. This compelling story is beautifully written and grand in scope, and everyone should check it out.
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I hope that gives you plenty of reading material to be getting on with! Let me know what you think, and feel free to suggest more categories and stories you want to consider!
So folks, I decided to do a little post to achieve two things:
1.) To remind y’all that we’re now about half-way through the latest LabyFic writing challenge. We’ve already had four fantastic stories submitted, and I can’t wait to see what else is in store this challenge! It seems that using an image for a prompt really gets the imagination going.
2.) I wanted to ask what regular series you would like to see next from this blog.
Right now, I have the following series in mind:
a.) A periodic series on the song lyrics of Labyrinth, interpreting them and exploring how they tie into - and occasionally even alter the meaning of - the film. This idea was proposed by a reader of the blog,
b.) A weekly or monthly (to be decided) series on Labyrinth fanfiction. I’d aim to make it a little different by focusing on promising new stories as well as old, tried and trusted favourites. There are some great new stories out there that just aren’t getting read, and I feel that it would be a good idea to shine a spotlight on them for a change. While the series would obviously be shaped by my personal fic preferences, I’d be happy to spotlight other people’s recommendations to mix things up.
Those two are the main ones and I’d like to hear your thoughts on which one sounds the most interesting/promising to you. I’d welcome your ideas and suggestions, as they could help to flesh these plans out more.
I can only do one of these series, so please don’t ask for both!