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Remix Recs: Part the Second - Communism, Brothers & Politics
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First and foremost, wishing lyras an extremely happy birthday - I hope you are having a wonderful day! &hearts As the wonderful combination of a fab writer and a lovely person, you deserve it!


Now, I continue with the reccing. Yesterday's post here if you missed. Going with three today, with more tomorrow.

Title: The Red and the Black (The Neverland Remix)
Author: daphnaea.
Summary: Sirius is reading The Communist Manifesto. Somehow, Remus knows, this will end in disaster.
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters:Sirius Black, Remus Lupin
Rating: PG-13
Original Story: Marked by elucreh

Part One of Three.

So, what with it being split into three parts and all, this is long. And it's very prose-y, and so really what you need to do is set aside a bit of time for this one. But it is completely worth it. Everyone loves a good communist!Sirius fic in the first place, yes? Now imagine the joy of this being enforced on the rest of Gryffindor. But it's not just a fun caper, it's far more than that. This is a deeply intelligent, insightful fic that has a lot to say about a lot of things. Sirius and Remus are completely perfect here, and the author has gone so in-depth into what makes them tick. James, Peter and Lily when they are appear are equally well-drawn. It's a story that actually deals with issues inherent in communism - think Animal Farm but much more light-hearted, and plus it adds in the Peter Pan element, which makes so much sense I cannot believe it has never occurred to me before. She/he's found a veritable plethora of quotes from both works that really tie into the progress of the story beautifully.

Reasons to read: you like character-driven stories; you like communist!Sirius; you like stories about the awkward growing up of the Marauders; you'd like something with brains to really get your teeth into.


Title: Falling Apart in Slow Motion (The Brother's Keeper Remix)
Author: laurificus.
Summary: "You're my brother," he says.

Regulus pauses, pressing his lips together. "No, I'm not."
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters: Sirius Black, Regulus Black
Rating: PG
Original story: A Marauder's Map, by xylodemon

Read it here!

Firstly - if you haven't read the original, then go go go! Because it's an awesome story, and I was quite excited to see it reworked. The remix stretches out over most of Sirius' life, moving back and forth between times and full of these beautifully written, heart-breaking scenes, all about Regulus and him. Sirius is fabulously written here, and it's packed full of beautiful images. A very satisfying, if desperately sad.

Reasons to read: If you'd like a fresh take on the Sirius-Regulus dynamic; if you're a fan of xylodemon's original; if you need an extremely pretty bit of angst in your life.


Title: The Grimmauld Place Irregulars (The Fine, Upstanding Families Remix)
Author: magnetic_pole.
Summary: Voldemort's supporters gather at 12, Grimmauld Place, the night Barty Crouch takes the Dark Mark.
Rating: PG
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters: Winky; Barty Crouch, Junior; Lucius Malfoy; Bellatrix Black Lestrange, Narcissa Black; Regulus Black; Bartemius Crouch, Senior
Warnings: Mostly gen with slash content
Original story: Untitled drabble by aillil.

eta: Now with link! here.

I rarely read most of these characters, but this is immensely enjoyable in a slightly macabre sort of way. Under the veneer of a Black society function, many things are going on. The author has rather brilliantly used lots of POVs in this, all of which add something to the story's journey. There's a lot crammed in here, with sub-plots and allusions to future events and it's all wonderfully atmospheric.

Reasons to read: if you like First War political machinations; if you like big multi-character stories; if you're interested in the beginnings of the Death Eaters.