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Classic Epics: For the Enrichment of the Illiterate Newbie

Discussion in 'Fan Fiction and Writing Resource' started by furrylittlebantha, Oct 15, 2006.

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  1. furrylittlebantha

    furrylittlebantha Jedi Master star 3

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    Here's the deal: there's a lot of good newbie resources out there, recommendation threads, indices and their ilk, but this newbie has a very specific newby-ish problem. With so many new oneshots, songfics, shorts stories and spanking new epics being born every day, browsing through these threads is an exhilarating roulette of talent and taste. However, sometimes you don't want to browse through the whole library. Sometimes you just want to curl up with the Great Galactic Novel, the one that's stood the test of time, garnered renown, and has been beloved by legions of readers simply because it is a classic. So what defines a classic?

    Here's the definition of the noun according to the Free Online Dictionary:

    n.
    1. An artist, author, or work generally considered to be of the highest rank or excellence, especially one of enduring significance.
    2. A work recognized as definitive in its field.


    This is your charitable act of the day, people: If you've been around the fanfic block, consider yourself a connoisseur of good epics, and have the altruism to fill a newbie's empty Hall of Fame, please, make a recommendation. Some fabulous tales that you may take for granted we've never heard of before. Here's my sob story: I was involved with fanfiction for a year before I read By The Grace of Lady Vader. Gah!

    This thread is in no way trying to usurp any other of the great fic rec services out there. It is just intended to be a little more focused: The sprawling. The scinitllating. The ones that you save to your hard drive and read on rainy days. We want to read them too!

    Guidlines: All genres
    All eras
    Epic length

    No self-promoting, trailers, or anything like that. This thread is for established works. I should hammer out better details, but I think I'll just wait and see if anyone replies at all before getting technical.

    So. I'll start. Yeah, my experience is limited, but after a year you're bound to run into good stuff.

    Drive You Mild by obaona. L/M genius!

    *settles onto high vantage point to see if anything happens*
     
  2. LLL

    LLL Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    May I recommend, from the TFN archive, the Palpatine stories by Brendon Walhberg, and the "Father's Heart" stories by the fabulous Fernwithy. Also Oqidaun's "Burn!Burn!Burn!" and "The Keeper of Secrets." Edit: Although I've nagged her to, Oqi won't submit her epics to the archive. So you'll have to follow the links in her profile. Happily, you just need to scroll to the top of the page ... :)
     
  3. Noelie

    Noelie Jedi Padawan star 4

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    DarthIshtar's "Lest Ye Be Judged" in Beyond is my favorite.
     
  4. DarthIshtar

    DarthIshtar Jedi Grand Master star 9

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    By the Grace of Lady Vader and Ascension of the Queen both can be found on the Archive.

    By far, the best thing I've ever read as an epic is "Spirit Warriors of Angharad" by Ophelia (look for it in her profile). If you want to laugh, sob and be scared out of your wits by Sith and Skywalker alike, you HAVE to read this.
     
  5. Corran_Fett

    Corran_Fett Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Wow, this is a great idea for a thread! =D=

    I don't know many epics, but here's one I know, and one that more than deserves being read: [link=http://boards.theforce.net/the_saga/b10476/21137753/]All in a Day's Work[/link] by Kudzu and Antilles2001! It's 63 chapters (and more than 100k words) already, and it's still far from being finished!

    And there's, of course, Quiet_Mandalorian's [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Beyond_the_Saga/b10477/19508344/]Have Blaster, Will Travel[/link], although I'm not 100% sure if it's an epic, yet. :p But still, this OC-driven adventurous story is full of great wits, characters, romance and action! :D

    It's a miracle both fics have so few readers, and even more that none of them won in the Awards, yet...

    .... aaaand, speaking of the Awards: maybe someone could provide a list of the winners of the last few Awards, because usually, the stories that get voted deserve it!

    [face_peace]

    EDIT: Whoo, I thought I got the first post, but seems like I'm not the only one who found this... :p
     
  6. dianethx

    dianethx Jedi Master star 6

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    Since you only wanted epics, here's a few. I've only given you completed epics...

    obaona
    [link=http://fanfic.theforce.net/fanfic.asp?action=view&ID=704] Tainted Child [/link]
    Fate and Obi-Wan Kenobi intervene when the Jedi discovers and kidnaps a five year old Luke Skywalker from his father, Darth Vader. Undeterred by a suspicious Jedi Council who are wary that the boy may always be tainted by the Sith Lord's influence, Kenobi accepts Luke as his new Padawan. In endeavoring to purge all darkness from the child, the master also hopes to redeem himself from his past failure of training a fallen apprentice.


    Knight_Aragorn
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Beyond_the_Saga/b10477/19194059/?7] Your Eyes Aren't Blue Anymore [/link]
    Beautiful, heartwrenching story of Luke turning to the darkside while Mara watches. One of her best stories. Very dark, though.

    souderwan
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/The_Saga/b10476/20073250/p1] Fall of the Sith [/link]
    A realistic look at what would happen if Mace had killed Palpatine. Chilling, riveting and action packed. However, it's another epic. Very long.

    red_rose_knight
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=13536434] Tale of a Jedi: Volume I ? Embracing the Light [/link]
    A completely OC story of the Jedi at the end of the Sith war. The first in a series of short stories on the life of Ben?al Houk, a Jedi who live more than 1100 years before the events of TPM. This story is about how he came into possession of the legendary lightsaber, the Prak?sha, and earned the title of Sith killer.
    It is brilliant and scary as hell. Very intense. The final fight scene was awe-inspiring.

    Shaindl
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=9896483] The Roads We Travel Shatter and Split[/link] Garen Muln has a problem and it leads all of them into the depths of hell. Drama, gorgeous. Made me want to weep at times.

    The sequel
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=12515809] Dark Side of the Road
    [/link] More drama, also fairly long but glorious. My heart died a dozen times with this one.

    Arldetta
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=9406312&replies=0] Foresaken and Begotten [/link]
    Obi-Wan is sent to Bandomeer when he is not picked by a Master. On the way there, the ship is attacked by Pirates. And the AU commences.
    The best angst I've ever read. Lots of Obi angst. I have the printout!

    GunraysLawyer
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/the_saga/b10476/13361452/p1] SOUL OF LOVE AND BRAVERY
    [/link] The introduction of a completely new society and how it fits into the SW universe. Rich, thought-provoking and thoroughly enjoyable.
     
  7. Luna_Nightshade

    Luna_Nightshade Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Since oqi's Burn, Burn, Burn and Keeper of Secrets little duology has already been mentioned (seriously. Read it. OC's. Worldbuilding--a lot of it. With plenty of side stories along the way) I'll mention others.

    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/The_Saga/b10476/18644312/?162]The Naboo Chronicles[/link] and its sequel, [link=http://boards.theforce.net/the_saga/b10476/24151408/p1/?0]For the Love of the Queen[/link] by JediMasterRev for those of us in love with Naboo.

    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/the_saga/b10476/22165533]Sweet Retribution[/link] by VaderLVR64--the story I consider to be THE Vader/Padme AU.

    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=10935143]Betrayal[/link] by dianethx--a Qui-Gon/Obi-Wan/Anakin PT AU...very AU. As in, totally different kind of galaxy AU, but with all of the same PT feel to it. Beautiful epic and still being written.

    And for a bit of great fun, the reality series by [link=http://boards.theforce.net/ASP/user.asp?usr=1209769]VA_Parky[/link] (links in her profile). Just good clean silliness and fun with a great plot.

    I'll probably come back in here with more, but I'm done link-ahunting. *pant*
     
  8. Layren

    Layren Jedi Master star 5

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    Wow, what a fascinating idea for a thread! Epics don't get as much attention as one shots and short stories sometimes because a lot of the time readers don't have the time it takes and are intimidated by longer threads.

    Might I suggest to those who write Epics to have your word documents available to those who might not have time to read the story and wade through all the replies to post them elsewhere so that the reader gets just the meat of the story and that will also help new readers to be up to speed easier.

    I'll be the first to nominate Dianethx's fic, [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=10935143]Betrayal [/link] if you want a really good novella. Diane is a slow writer and takes forever to update, but the wait is totally worth it with the prose she delivers. It's a sequel to a short story that was in the archives [link=http://fanfic.theforce.net/fanfic.asp?action=view&ID=324] But... [/link]and it can be found in the Saga forum.


    Also highly recommended is [link=http://boards.theforce.net/the_saga/b10476/24413082/p1/?303] Shadows of the Future [/link] by Stormqueen874 also in Saga and Stormqueen posts weekly updates which is extra good because it's so easy to keep up :)

    If original characters are more your thing than I highly recommend [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Before_the_Saga/b10475/14453520] Crash Course [/link] by Lilith Demodae, which is one of the best novels I have ever had the pleasure of reading on the Before the Saga forum. It's completed and there is a sequel also but that is not yet completed.
     
  9. Viola_Telcontar

    Viola_Telcontar Jedi Master star 1

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    I can't believe that after 7 posts no one mentioned cynical21!
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=8514724]click[/link]
    :p

    edit:
    You know... stickies are our friends!
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/fan_fiction_resource/b10304/21083467/p1/?14]List of awards[/link] to be found in the second post. Just scroll down a reeeeeally loooong waaaaaaaay.
     
  10. Herman Snerd

    Herman Snerd Jedi Master star 6

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    Here's a fic that everyone should know.

    [link=http://fanfic.theforce.net/fanfic.asp?action=view&ID=192]The Sands of Time[/link] by Jeff 52
     
  11. oqidaun

    oqidaun Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Although the author isn't around anymore GAV's [link=http://boards.theforce.net/The_Saga/b10476/20862763/p1]Blood and Ashes[/link] and [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=21356771&replies=16]Dust of Empire[/link] are two incredible epics. For the Imp lovers Dust of Empire cannot be beat. :D Incredible work!!!

    Additionally, LLL's [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=20107556&start=20238513]Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil[/link] is really worth a read. It's provocative and highly original AND it's one of those fics that makes you think. I love it.

    The_Face typically errs on the side of short story or novella as opposed to epic, but his pulpy detective epic [link=http://boards.theforce.net/beyond_the_saga/b10477/23931438/p1]Galaxy Grey[/link] is speeding towards epic length. All of his work is gritty gumshoe style thrillers and guaranteed to make an OC lover out of even the most reluctant OC reader. EDIT: Galaxy Grey is a WIP connected to Face's larger Galaxy Noir enterprise, looking back I wasn't certain if we needed only to submit finished works here.

    Edit2: Just noticed that LLL suggested some of my stuff. [blush] Please don't take my suggestion of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil as a quid pro quo thing, it's a hell of a good story and it's won a rather prestigous offsite award. Make sure you read this one. :D
     
  12. Kidan

    Kidan TFN EU Staff star 5 VIP

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    Well YodaKenobi MUST be mentioned here....



    NJO AU:
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=12867139]Revolution[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=14085947]The Eighth Cortex[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Beyond_the_Saga/b10477/16202587/]The Living Force[/link]

    Post NJO (same storyline):
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Beyond_the_Saga/b10477/18632333/]Empire of the Hand[/link]

    Legacy of the Sith (same storyline):
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/beyond_the_saga/b10477/22242853/p1/]The Age of Heroes [/link]

    Not only are each of those an epic in their own right, but they build one on top of another to form a huge storyline, epic in scale...and perfect in execution.
     
  13. DaenaBenjen42

    DaenaBenjen42 Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    And here's a couple that need a mention...

    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Fan_Fiction_Stories--Classic_JC_Board_(Reply-Only)/b10016/3758254/p1]Shadows of a Past Long Forgotten[/link] by Padawan Lunetta (first of a series)

    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=3681279]Of Pilots and Jedi[/link] by Melyanna (first of a series: Never Ending Solo Kids Saga)
     
  14. NYCitygurl

    NYCitygurl Manager Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    When I think of a really great epics, I usually go back to the old days of the Classic board (there are great epics today, but back then, I had time to read them :p

    Melyanna wrote [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=3681279&page=1]Of Pilots and Jedi[/link] and [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=4285619&replies=1565]Into the Unknown[/link] and a HUGE storyline built up around it with a story about Jacen, one about Anakin, and several more written by padawanlunetta and another by RebelMom. I think even Sticks wrote a story in that universe. It's all part of the Never-Ending Solo Kids Saga.

    Two luney wrote in that series were [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Fan_Fiction_Stories--Classic_JC_Board_(Reply-Only)/b10016/3758254/p1]Shadows of a Past Long Forgotten[/link] and it's sequel, [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=10039528&page=1]Why Love Was Forbidden in the Old Jedi Order[/link] (co-written with Mely) Those two are probably my favorites ever. If I had a whole afternoon with nothing to do, those two would be the fanfics I'd just sit down a re-read.


    Lt_Jaina_Solo wrote one I liked very much called [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=7237231&replies=212]Complications[/link].


    Another of my favorites is DarthFruitcake's Skywalker/Solo Saga. Start with [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=3760825]A Week With the Skywalker/Solos[/link], and then move on to [link=http://boards.theforce.net/fan_fiction_stories_classic_jc_board_reply_only/b10016/4428541/p1]A Year With The Skywalker/Solos[/link]. It's so insane and random and funny. There have been several stories in this series (some are RRs, some written by others, and more written by Fruitcake) but I don't have links on me. I still really recommend checking them out :)


    Mar17swgirl and Ams wrote a VERY funny story called [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=4775318]Me, my Padawan, his girlfriend, and a bunch of handmaidens[/link]. I about died laughing :D


    That's all I can think of as far as ancient epics go, but these are all very, very good stories :)
     
  15. Laine_Snowtrekker

    Laine_Snowtrekker Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    Hmmm...

    Of the fics I've read, PaddyJuan's [link=http://boards.theforce.net/fan_fiction_stories_classic_jc_board_reply_only/b10016/10596413/p117] The Panther's Cub[/link] is one of the best. That link'll take you to a list of the chapter links, for all of the chapters except the last one, which is on the last page. Very good story. I've re-read it a couple of times.

    Then there's solojones' [link=http://boards.theforce.net/The_Saga/b10476/14137878/p1]In the Shadow of the Chosen: Episodes I-III[/link] and [link=http://boards.theforce.net/The_Saga/b10476/18750001/p1]Episode IV--The Cure[/link]. Great story, especially if you love Obi-Wan. I've been there since she began this story--and it's one of the most awesome stories I've read on the boards. Episode IV is in progress at the current time, but Episodes I-III are finished and are great reads.

    Then there's DarthIshtar's [link=http://boards.theforce.net/the_saga/b10476/23307828/p1/?388]To Cast Away Stones[/link] and [link=http://boards.theforce.net/the_saga/b10476/25176239/p1/?28]To Gather Stones[/link], its in-progress sequel. Wonderful story.

    Oh, and there's so many more, but those are my top picks.

     
  16. furrylittlebantha

    furrylittlebantha Jedi Master star 3

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    *dances* Oh, I'm so excited!!! *drools over juicy prospects* As it happens, it's raining right now. So many stories that I've never even heard of just waiting!

    Now which one to start with...

    Oh dear. [face_thinking]

    :D

    Thank you, everyone, for contributing!!!!
     
  17. jaina_clan_solo

    jaina_clan_solo Jedi Padawan star 4

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    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/fan_fiction_stories_classic_jc_board_reply_only/b10016/9849472/p1/?5234] Echoes of the Past [/link] By TKeira_Lea on the classic board is an amazing epic. There's also a completed sequel, and a WIP sequel to the sequel. It's a NJO AU, and I highly recommend it!

    jcs
     
  18. The_Face

    The_Face Ex-Manager star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    [face_blush] Thanks so much, oqi. My stories tend to be getting longer as I go. It's a learning process. :D

    Hmm, I don't have any ideas off the top of my head that haven't already been mentioned, but I gotta say this should be an excellent resource for the "illiterate newbie". :p
     
  19. TheCrazyRodian

    TheCrazyRodian Jedi Master star 4

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    BEST FICREC RESOURCE EVER.

    Ahem.

    Ohgod.

    This thread might be singlehandedly responsible for converting me to more than just a BytSer. Seriously. I've been marathon reading all of RRK's fics since I clicked the link last night, and I'm going crazy over all these fabulous saga and before epics. Awesome idea for a thread, in my opinion.

    ::Runs back to reading::
     
  20. TheCrazyRodian

    TheCrazyRodian Jedi Master star 4

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    Stupid internet... or is it stupid me?
     
  21. dianethx

    dianethx Jedi Master star 6

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    I think it's you, Crazy. :p

    Thanks, Layren and Luna. I really appreciate it! [:D] Betrayal is 250 some pages long (and that doesn't include the side stories) so it's definitely an epic. ;)


    Here are some great epics that are not complete. Some are still WIP and some have been dropped but they are still worth reading.

    obi_ew
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/The_Saga/b10476/20124958/?3] Price of Courage[/link]
    Brilliant story of the survival of Whie from the Temple Purges and how it changes Obi/Luke's relationship. WIP

    wawoot
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/the_saga/b10476/23895126/p1/?511] Bad Boys, Jedi Style [/link]
    Very long. What would happen if the SW movies were filmed on Coruscant with real Jedi as actors in the story? It's hilarious. I'm often laughing for minutes later. Brilliant and wonderfully underplayed.

    maychorian
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/before_the_saga/b10475/20049795/p1/?1079] The unchosen[/link]
    An AU where Qui-Gon doesn't go to the Temple. Obi-Wan comes into his life and they learn to accept the Force's will. Sweet, very mushy and heartwarming.

    JediKnight-Obi-Wan
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/the_saga/b10476/11634436/p1/?397] That which is remembered[/link]
    OC romance story about a Jedi Master and his Padawan. They fall in love but events threaten to tear them apart. Great angst. WIP

    LuvEwan
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/the_saga/b10476/16285940/p1/?444] The Broken Cadence Rolls[/link]
    Brilliant and thoroughly scary story about how Obi-Wan turns to the Dark after being left behind on Melida/Daan. He makes a great Dark Lord. One of my favorite stories. WIP

    LadyPadme
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/the_saga/b10476/18395678/p1/?1772] In Name Only [/link] A Han/Leia story. Set just before the Alliance moves its base to Hoth, a wealthy Rebel benefactor requests help in uncovering a spy, and Leia is asked to take the investigation mission, but there's a twist: She has to be married, first.
    Wonderful romance. WIP

     
  22. VaderLVR64

    VaderLVR64 Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I'm sure I'll have more when I get back. :p But this one came to mind immediately:

    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/The_Saga/b10476/14492940/?123]Live What You Learn[/link] by obi_ew. She's also got the incredible Redemption series. Not to be missed! Seriously. Don't. Miss. Them.
     
  23. Lola64

    Lola64 Jedi Master star 4

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    One of my favorites, a perfect read during a thunderstorm would be Kidan's [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.aspx?topic=23091428]Japor[/link]

    Another recommendation would be oldjedinurse's [link=http://boards.theforce.net/beyond_the_saga/b10477/19262123/p1/?1147]Best of Us[/link]
    Great story to curl up to, with a cup of hot cocoa or soup on a cold snowy day.

     
  24. Jade_Max

    Jade_Max Jedi Master star 5

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    I adore [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=21675564]Friends no More[/link] by Inara...

    But I'm sure if I go back to look for more Epics on the classic board I'd find all sorts...
     
  25. KTfanfic

    KTfanfic Jedi Knight star 2

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    Two of my favorite epics are:

    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/The_Saga/b10476/14616381/]The Water's Edge [/link] by obaona, vader_inarnate, and Happy_Hobbit_Padawan
    The Obi-Wan of Ep. III is dumped in an alternate universe by the Force - one where Anakin hasn't turned, the Sith are gone, and Qui-Gon is alive and well. Among other things . . . No spoilers, written well before RotS ever came out.


    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/fan_fiction_stories_classic_jc_board_reply_only/b10016/2476482/p1/?3958]Negotiations with Destiny (ROTJ AU)[/link] by Queengodess
    As the Rebels prepare to attack the second Death Star, they receive an unexpected invitation to attend a peace conference hosted by the Emperor. As they reluctantly agree, fate is forever changed...
    Note: this story is not completed.

    ~KT
     
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