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These are recommendations made by Tropers for The Big O Fan Fics, all of which have to be signed to stay on the page. Feel free to add a fanfic of your own to the list, but remember to use the template found here.

Do warn when a fanfic may head into sexual[1] or non-canon territory. Some people just don't like it, and as we all know, Shipping is Serious Business.

You can also add to the current recommendations if you want. Refrain from posting Conversation in the Main Page though; that goes in the discussion page.


Authors and Websites

Lady Tessers's TheBigO fics;

  • Recommended by Ranchoth
  • Lady Tesser's works have a great "feel" about them. Mr and Mrs Smith (which, er, actually starts with a story called The Blossoming Rose) in particular --- it's not that they strictly follow originalflavor, or even that they deviate from it; it's that they seem to develop from a canon-style setting in what seems like a organic fashion, but still keep enough of a connection to the roots of the show to make it all come together comfortably. I wouldn't call it a "shipping" series, per se -- although if it's not, it's dang close to it, and there's plenty of WAFF to go around, but it's really not a "romance" series. Plus, there's some subtle traces of megacrossover, but essentially just as backstory (specifics might be too much of a spoiler), and delightfully well handled.
    • Sneeb S: Not bad. The Blossoming Rose opens solidly with all of the noir cliches which made the Big O series such a delightful treat. As the story wore on, it became more and more obvious that the author was trying to pair off Dorothy and Roger for the sake of doing so. While character voices started out strongly reminiscent of parent source, things got a little off the rail by the time the story finished up. The villain's motivation, in particular, struck me as cloyingly trite and underdeveloped ( the other woman in the murder victim's marriage is a plot device which can work so well! Please, hint at a little more before dropping it on us and expecting us to accept it!). Once Angel showed up as a jealous soap-opera ex I lost interest. Still, the sequel stories hold some promise. Give it a go, but don't expect miracles
    • Coppelia Martyrdom: I have to agree with Sneeb S here. The beginning of Blossoming Rose did catch my attention immediately, but as the fic wound down, it lost some of its pacing and its reasoning for actions by the characters. In general, the pacing grew faster as the chapters went on, and thus, by the time I reached the ending, where a sudden Roger/Dorothy ship is pulled out of nowhere with little explanation, the story had lost a lot of credibility. I enjoyed how well the characters were portrayed up until that point, but the writing itself is not that intriguing either. I wouldn't recommend The Blossoming Rose so much, though I haven't dared taken a gander at the sequel Mr. & Mrs. Smith, considering how the first one went.

7Moondance's Fanficton,[2]

  • Recommended by Sneebs
  • 7Moondance's work is a bit of a mixed bag, with of his (her?) earliest stories being limp one-off jokes at best. However, the aforementioned attempts to pen a third season feel quite loyal to the parent material in both tone and characterization. So far The consistency of character voice and imaginative attempts to mix both the Mind Screw finale of the series with basic elements of a typical episode of Big O quite delightful. I almost wish this could be used to produce an OVA of the third season: there's quite a lot going on here and its quite worth the while. I truly wish the 7Moondance had continued; these stories have the momentum and gut of the orignal source, making them top-grade fanfiction.

General Fics

Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.

Turning by Jixie

  • Recommended by Coppelia Martyrdom
  • Synopsis: "After the show is over, Angel says farewell to the supporting cast." Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • Comments: Angel becomes slightly OOC in select parts of this fic, but for the most part, this was an interesting read. I enjoyed encountering the character relationships and seeing them explored, and its rare to see such attentions to character dynamics like this, particularly with minor cast members. A highly worth-while read.
    • Sneeb S: Bland. Seeing the nuggets of wisdom dropped by Angel was classy and gave neat looks at supporting character relationships, but some of these seemed extremely out of place. Schwartzwald in particular struck me as more of a buffoon than on the parent work. Nothing special to see here, IMO.

London Bridges by makrothumia

  • Recommended by Coppelia Martyrdom
  • Synopsis: A look into a household moment in which Dorothy wakes Roger up (again), Roger is attacked by his door, and he blames the matter on his android.
  • Comments: Absolutely fantastic. The author captures Roger and Dorothy's love-hate relationship perfectly, and the inclusion of Norman is a nice touch. Makrothumia also knows how to incorporate smart, inventive comedy into her writing while highlighting on the characters themselves.

Choices by Zola 1

  • Recommended by: Sneebs
  • Synopsis: A Dark Fic toying with the mindscrewy implications of the series' Final season. Dorothy ruminates within the Big O as Roger's life winds down.
  • Comments: A dark little musing into the what-if nature of the series and how they translate into the life of one Roger Smith. All of them, one after the other.

Shipping Fics

Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

Waiting by Zola

  • Recommended by Coppelia Martyrdom
  • Pairings: Roger/Dorothy.
  • Synopsis: "One of the wonderful things about The Big O is that it is so open-ended that there's plenty of room for alternate realities and speculation. I already wrote one piece that explained why history kept being reset in Paradigm, and this is another possibility."
  • Comments: The idea behind this fic is excellent, I have to give props to the author for writing canon characters truly aged, and the events behind the writing are given to the reader in an unexpected series of twists. Very creative and very heart-wrenching, but has a happy ending.

Not Such a Hard Question by Gilded Lily

  • Recommended by Coppelia Martyrdom
  • Pairings: Minor Roger/Dorothy.
  • Synopsis: Dorothy asks Roger about her second Heaven's Day in Paradigm.
  • Comments: Very, very short, but the way it's written is almost poetic in its open-ended and rhythmic quality. One wishes it were longer, but the fic is still a warm, unique piece.

Behind Dark Shades by Kaleida

  • Recommended by Coppelia Martyrdom
  • Pairings: Minor Roger/Dorothy.
  • Synopsis: When Roger returns from a job, appearing irritated and hurt, Dorothy must discover the reasons behind such a strange reaction.
  • Comments: Parts of this piece are a little vague, as though the author could see what was happening clearly but forgot to write some critical information down. Nonetheless, it has fantastic characterization and refreshingly to-the-point imagery. Some angst, but the author handles it very well, in a style completely adhering to The Big O.

Notes

  1. please note this includes all sexual activity, not just homosexual or bisexual, including het.
  2. in particular Act 27: Roger the Amnesiac, Act 28:Transplants, Act 29: R Smith Take Three and Act 30: Masquerade
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