sometimes you want hurt/comfort fic for that good secondhand warmth of pain being tended to with love and sometimes honestly you just want to hit your favorite character with a car and then request a sequel where that car gets thrown in reverse
me, pointing at a particularly choice character: hurt them. make their friends watch helpless and forced to pretend they don’t care
God and his angels: why
me, lounging in bed monching on a popsicle as the author describes a character undergoing trauma that we just don’t have the word count to adequately heal: the theory of catharsis and also I love them. stab them a twelfth time, please
There’s been a lot of buzz lately about the frustrations of finding fic that doesn’t involve a dead or sidelined Aunt May, so I decided to assemble a list of some May-centric fanfiction in which she is very much not dead. If you have any favorites to add, feel free to hop in!
what is and will be (is you and me) by @momentofmemory - THE DEFINITIVE MAY PARKER FIC! This is an absolute masterpiece that follows May and Peter through the years from before his parents’ death to post-Blip canon.
for good by madelinedear - A beautiful exploration of the friendship that springs up between May and Tony, all from May’s PoV. Both of them are perfectly in-character, so it’s 8k of equal parts funny and emotional co-parenting/friendship. Sidenote: it’s also the first of a series on the same subject!
Hard to Love by Gruoch - Another awesome perspective on the May & Tony friendship and the adjustments that come with parenting a superhero. It’ s such a great look at May’s life and PoV.
MAY PARKER RIGHTS!!!!! Here’s some extra goodies that have May being involved with her boy’s life (as she so richly deserves!!)
The Secrets We Keep by @euphoric-melancholyy - tired of the May abusive boyfriend trope? SAME HERE. This is an EXCELLENT outsider POV where May - for once - dates a really lovely guy. I need 30 more fics with this premise.
I’m the satellite (and you’re the sky) by @emkayoh - I know what you’re thinking. Seek? A biodad AU? Really? But this one is so great because it 1) never diminishes May’s importance 2) takes canon and nudges it to the left.
If you read, don’t forget to kudos and comment! Share the love!!
okay but the endgame fix-it aus vary so vastly and it absolutely sends me
from “carol danvers snapped so tony is alive” to “tony snapped but only lost his arm, didn’t die” to “tony snapped and didn’t even lose his arm, he is 100% fine, clearly a god” to “ENDGAME? THE FUCK ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT. MORGAN EXISTS BUT NOTHING AFTER HOMECOMING IS CANON”
Also if you can, try to avoid buying things with WIC labels in favor of non-WIC brands! Save those for the people who are on WIC
not necessarily true for all states. in PA (at least my little corner) your re-load date depends on the last digit of your account number. ours is an 8. so in general we get our new amount on the 10th-12th.
This may be a bit self-serving, but this would be an excellent time for fanfic readers who don’t normally do so to get in the habit of leaving comments on fics.
If someone’s fic is helping you get through a tough time, tell them. Chances are, the author is going through a tough time too. Knowing that your hard work is helping someone, even if it’s years after you wrote the piece, can be a bigger bright spot in someone’s day than you might realize.
Furthermore, many authors now have more time on their hands, but like everyone else, may be battling through the mental haze of fear and uncertainty. Writing can help the writer as much as the finished product helps the reader.
A bit of positive encouragement may be just what your favorite writer needs to overcome the anxiety haze and instead rekindle their joy in telling stories, at the time when they too need it most.