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29 May 2012 @ 12:02 am
fanfic recs?  
So from what I read on wikipedia about the conclusion of XXXholic, I'm not going to disappoint myself reading the manga. So I'm looking for well-written fanfic where the author manages to wrap it up neatly in an alternate way, preferably one that is less convoluted than the one that CLAMP put out. If it could end up Doumeki/Watanuki, that would be nice, but I'm mostly looking for the former criteria. Thanks everyone!
 
 
 
perhaps from middle dutch.: kuroshitsuji--cielnebulia on May 29th, 2012 02:01 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I'd recommend finishing the manga, if only because it provides you insights to some of the choices fanfic authors make.

Someone (a relatively bnf for the holic fandom (xD), but I don't recall who exactly, and I'm so sorry, whomever you are, you're probably even on my flist) wrote "The Professor's Wife," which is lovely. It was recced recently in this comm. It's also quite long and an excellent, well-characterized story that is, quite frankly, I think, a better ending than CLAMP's, though there are less smoke and mirrors (literally).

And not to toot my own horn, but I've written two fics to sort of combat my own problems with the ending, but both are pretty dark. One is red strings (http://con-noncuranza.livejournal.com/13499.html. I'm in a hurry so I don't have the time or energy to html these links, sorry), and is completely post-canon, so knowing how it ended might be beneficial, and the other is asphyxiophilia (http://con-noncuranza.livejournal.com/13739.html), which I don't consider canon-compliant, and deviates after chapter 186.

Edited at 2012-05-29 02:02 pm (UTC)
and the sky slows for love ♥: & her nose stuck in a bookstillskies on May 29th, 2012 03:15 pm (UTC)
/insert flailing fangirl here

I love asphyxiophilia. It was fantastic and gorgeous and heartbreaking in a completely good way. ♥ Feel free to toot your own horn as much as you'd like because you are just. that. awesome. ♥
jchantillyjchantilly on May 29th, 2012 04:47 pm (UTC)
I'm just really disappointed in the manga, just because the decisions that Watanuki and Domeki made were terribly irrational towards the end. An ending should provide resolution to the main problem, and it never did. Watanuki came to the shop so that he could stop seeing spirits, and he could have left, but he didn't.

The whole bit where Domeki's great grandson says that it would be painful for him to forget Yuuko- it just doesn't make sense because how could something be painful if he can't remember?

It just seems like the ending was just full of bad decisions on the parts of the characters, which made a non-ending.
perhaps from middle dutch.: kuroshitsuji--cielnebulia on May 29th, 2012 11:10 pm (UTC)
That is a fair point, and you seem to have a good grasp on the subject. You'll probably be ok. Honestly, i read the ending as it came out and now it's like, "...but i had to read it and you should all have to read it tooooooooo!" *flails*

Also, i'm kind of an angry person, so i liked being angry at the ending even though i didn't really like it. I don't necessarily agree with your interpretation, though i too strongly hated the ending (buuuuut the egg!), but this isn't the place for such a debate. XD
jchantillyjchantilly on May 30th, 2012 01:33 am (UTC)
LOL. I understand. Personally, XXXHolic was so long-drawn out for me that I just got bored of it because it just became so full of twists and turns that I just felt like the story was getting nowhere. So I just wanted to know how it ended.

Here's how I would have ended it: Yuuko tells Watanuki that she has been dead for a long time and that she's finally going to go to the afterlife. She tells him that because she's dead, time stands still, but for him time continues so he must move on. When he repeatedly refuses, Domeki has the good sense to use the egg on him and there's alot of bawwing about having this unknown pain in his heart. At the end, there's a scene where they're back at school, Watanuki still love/hates Doumeki, still loves Himawari (who both still remember everything), and spirits still surround the area, but some touching scene happens where they realize that they will always will be connected. But what do I know? Haha.
Andreaandreaphobia on May 30th, 2012 01:38 am (UTC)
FUCK THAT ENDING
perhaps from middle dutch.: httyd--hiccup and toothlessnebulia on May 30th, 2012 01:47 am (UTC)
FUCK IT BLIND
Andreaandreaphobia on May 30th, 2012 06:15 am (UTC)
Made me laugh on my way home, A+ COMMENT WOULD READ AGAIN
perhaps from middle dutch.nebulia on May 30th, 2012 06:33 am (UTC)
I'm so glad I amused you. LET'S BE ANGRY ABOUT HOLIC ALL THE TIME, GODDAMNIT.
Miss Shad: DouWata Let it rainmiss_shad on May 31st, 2012 08:42 am (UTC)
If I may self-pimp for a moment...

I'm doing a fanfic that will provide not only an alternate spin on the ending but also a lot of canonical things as a whole, though I've only got 11 chapters posted at this point and in all likelihood it will be MASSIVE: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6766732/1/Full_Circle

P.S. Don't bother with the ending. It is the spawn of the devil.

Edited at 2012-05-31 08:48 am (UTC)