Wanted: Good Star Wars Fanfic

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flouveida
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What it says on the tin. I considered going into detail about what I do or don't like in a story, but I've sometimes enjoyed things I didn't expect to. So I'll keep an open mind and just broadly define "good" as "the prose wouldn't drive their high school english teacher to drink. Much."

I don't give a rip about canon, and the two fanfics I've enjoyed most recently were a crossover and a portal fantasy. So, really, anything goes as long as the punctuation doesn't make my eyes bleed.
 

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My Daughter, by 'TheRealThing'

Premise: While interrogating Leia on board the Death Star during ANH, Vader suddenly recognizes her as his daughter. And, well...

Trailer #1:
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(Vader's thought balloons, paraphrase)

'Look, kid, I don't want going to torture you! Just give me something to make Tarkin happy! Anything! ... Dantooine? They're on Dantooine? Smart girl! I can already guess that you're bullshitting us and sending us out to chase our tails, but that's good, that's great, that gives me more time to think of something to get you out of here... right. Time to go tell Tarkin to waste some time.'

' '... oh for fuck's sake, he's going to dust Alderaan anyway? What the hell is even the poin-... OK, there, I secretly broke the superlaser. With my mind. That'll buy us some hours until the repair crews finish. Think of something, think of something...'

'... right, right, OK, they're escaping, that's good, that's great. Take her with you... Obi-Wan! You're here! OK, this /perfect/, I now have the most believable excuse ever to fail to stop you guys from escaping. Right, let's go, big lightsaber duel, spar spar spar... you're wondering why I'm holding back, but who cares, we just need to drag this out OH SHIT OH SHIT SHE GOT HIT BY A STRAY BLASTER SHOT NO NO NO...'

*smash cut to the Falcon*

"... and so that's why I sort of went berserk and lightsabered everything in the hangar bay to death and had to come with you. Because... well... yeah. At least she's going to be all right, right?"

*everybody just looks at Vader*

"... by the way, that other kid over there? He feels sorta familiar too. Where's he from?"
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And then things just get more and more complicated from there. :)

Add: One more scene, because I love trailers.

Trailer #2:
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*scene: Darth Vader sitting in a detention cell in the Rebel base. door opens to reveal a group of angry Rebel soldiers*

'There you are, Imperial scum!'
'WHY YOU- ... OK, OK, I am going to accept that I deserve this.'
'And now we take our vengeance for our dead families!'
'... what.'
'You will die by your hand!'
'You do understand that the only thing that's been keeping me in this cell, or from single-handedly wrecking this entire base, is my voluntary cooperation in not doing so?'
'You are at our mercy!'
'I... am going to exert a great amount of willpower here and... try to remind you, rationally, that making decisions while in a rage, or for vengeance, is -- and I speak from experience here -- prone to destroying your life...'
'Shut up and take your beating like the cowardly Imperial scum you are!'
'Must not overreact... must not overreact... must not...'

*smash cut to Obi-Wan standing there in the middle of a cell full of shredded human body parts, and a sheepish-looking Vader*

'Look, despite all appearances, this really was a legitimate case of self-defense here. I swear.'
'I believe you, Anakin -- but I'm also certain that I am the only person in this base, that you are not genetically related to, that's actually going to believe you.'
* Vader sighs*
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A large list of stuff, heavy on Vader, likeable Imperial characters, and character interaction. Hope you find at least one thing you like. :D
Arranged roughly from shortest (which is pretty short) to longest (which is very long).

The Smart One (5000 words)
Naboo artist Palo Torezi gets a request for very specific art from Lord Vader.

Lady Ex Officers' Lounge
Because people asked for more Veers/Piett interaction. With the occasional side of Vader. [Humorous vignettes of life in the Imperial armed forces]

After the Last War is Won
I am a Jedi, like my father before me. [Luke starts rebuilding the Jedi Temple on Coruscant]

Wreckage and Rescue
For years, Commander Daine Jir has had an 'interesting' job as Lord Vader's faithful aide-de-camp. Now things are getting downright out of hand as he finds himself marooned in a broken fragment of Lord Vader's flagship, the Executor, after the battle of Endor. To make matters worse, he seems to have picked up a ghostly 'helper'.

Food Scandal
Governmental contracts usually go to the lowest bidder. Even in galaxies far, far away. And, here or there, you get what you pay for. [Competence porn starring Imperials]

The Sith Who Brought Life Day
An Imperial officer loses a bet and has to get Darth Vader a present for Life Day.

To Turn To The Dark Side, Press Three
Anakin Skywalker discovers that the worst part about losing his arm is trying to convince the Republic Health Insurance Agency to pay for it. Because if anything will turn you to the Dark Side, it's HMOs... [Bureaucratic humor, simultaneously cracky and oddly canon-compliant]

Missing In Action
When a mission goes wrong, Luke Skywalker crashes on an uninhabited planet. While waiting for rescue, he makes an unexpected discovery. [spoiler: it's Vader]

First Encounters
alternate link
Post-ROTJ, Amidala is reunited with her family.
[sorry that both links provided have somewhat distracting formatting/page design, but the story is REALLY GOOD.]

Father's Heart
When Lord Vader strikes up a friendship with young Princess Leia Organa, neither can come out of it unscathed.
[in the same continuity as First Encounters, but both of them can stand on their own]

Vader's Own
Lord Vader promotes skill, not wealth or connections. The Dark Lord's favor, nonetheless, conveys a certain political pull. A simple soldier might find himself far beyond his usual social circles that way. Though, that's just the start of his troubles…
[in which Colonel (future General) Veers befriends Princess Leia Organa.]

Far More Than Rubies
Nine years after AOTC, tragedy revisits the Lars Homestead. Little Luke Skywalker is suddenly plunged into chaos as the rebel movements discover a secret military project that may make a crucial difference in the war with the Empire.

By the Grace of Lady Vader
When Amidala stands by her husband's side, no power in the galaxy can stand against them.
[disclaimer: I have not read this one in a very long time, but I remember liking it.]

The Father (285,000 words)
Ten years after ROTS, tormenting nightmares of his unborn child drive Darth Vader to extraordinary measures with unexpectedly drastic consequences. Clearly, experience has taught Darth Vader nothing...
 

Doliest

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Hindsight is Not Perfect
Anakin, upon dying, finds himself given a second chance by Obi-wan, sent back in time to shortly before Phantom Menace. What makes this story not just good, but the best Star Wars fan fic I've ever read, is that it doesn't simply jump into 'set right what went wrong,' and instead focuses heavily on Anakin/Vader's psychology. His feelings, his issues, his past, everything. Anakin doesn't just say, 'no more darkside,' and be done with it. Every day, every moment, is a struggle. Also of interest is that Anakin isn't quite sure himself what he should do with his 'second chance.'

It also gives us the more cynical Vader's perspective on the events of the prequels, resulting in some comedy, some awesomeness, and some moments that show us the man who lingered underneath the suit.
 

jcfiala

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I remember quite like Slipping, a fic about Leia gaining control of her Force powers when she's captured by Vader during the original Star Wars movie.
 

Critias

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Dunno if it's "good" or not, but I've got a little SW fic lying around. Here's some character backstory I threw together for a PbP/forum game several years ago (and the GM did some kick-ass artwork for each character, too!). Looking back on it there's some stuff I'd do differently, but I still think it turned out pretty okay for just the work of a few evenings, for fun.
 

Balac

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This looks like a good place to ask something that has bugged me for years. The heyday of fanfiction for the original films was pre-internet, apas and zines for those who remember the old days. I've seen some great stuff in friends collections many a year ago but as far as I can tell most all of this has been lost to the ages. Has any of this ever been archived anywhere or is it gone forever? Would be a pity, I remember the Luke x Leia vs. Han x Leia stuff being quite amusing.
 

Ithaeur

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A large list of stuff, heavy on Vader, likeable Imperial characters, and character interaction. Hope you find at least one thing you like. :D
Arranged roughly from shortest (which is pretty short) to longest (which is very long).
Some very good fics there! My favorites were "After the Last War is Won" and "Food Scandal". :)
 

Inner Voice

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Some very good fics there! My favorites were "After the Last War is Won" and "Food Scandal". :)
A very belated YAAAY, SO GLAD YOU LIKED THEM!! :D And those two are some of my favorite-favorites as well, so I'm glad you liked those particularly. :D

And now--I've been meaning to do this for a while, and May the 4th is certainly a good day to do it!--here are my favorite Star Wars fanfics I've discovered since the last time I posted in this thread! (ordered alphabetically this time instead of by length, because it seems like that would make for a better variety of fic types as one goes down the list) Still heavy on the Vader and the Luke-and-Vader, but also lots of Obi-Wan and time travel (and time-traveling Obi-Wan) and lots of fix-it AUs (and mostly-fix-it AUs).

Ambient Dreams (61,000 words)
Sometime following his dream of Padme dying, Anakin has another dream that shows him what will happen if he turns to the Dark Side.

Coalesced Matter (48,000 words)
Jedi Master Dooku is in a long-term undercover assignment with slow but steady progress. But he gets a distress call from this Knight Kenobi with a Padawan Skywalker and things just start to go crazy.

Double Agent Vader (40,000 words)
The one where Vader turned double agent for the Rebellion about three years after ROTS, and Leia is now his primary contact with the Rebellion. This is a collection of oneshots that all fit into the same universe.
[The author, who also wrote The Guiding Winds (recced below) has created an original culture for Tatooine slaves in her fanfics, just so you're not confused about where some stuff is coming from]

For Family (155,000 words)
What if Vader, wanting to be with his son again, had taken a very different approach after Luke escapes him at Bespin? How far would he go to regain what he has lost?
[absolutely epic mostly-fix-it canon-divergence AU]

The Guiding Winds (5,000 words)
The one where everything is the same, except Anakin survives ROTJ. Mostly a connected series of fics written in the same universe, centering on Luke and Anakin's relationship, and written by request - updated on a whim, but each fic is complete.

In Loco Pirates (35,000 words)
A down-on-his-luck Hondo Ohnaka manages to capture the unicorn of all bounties--Luke Skywalker, which sends Darth Vader, Lord of the Sith, on a painfully familiar trip to the planet Florrum to collect his prize. The failed negotiations leave Vader in the awkward position of being stuck in a besieged pirate bunker, trying to balance keeping his wayward child safe (and in his custody) with controlling the tongue of a loose-lipped pirate who--to the surprise of no one--has a bad habit of telling 'amusing' anecdotes from the Clone Wars.
[complete, but has an in-progress sequel]

Name (5,000 words)
Like any other couple expecting their first child, they talked about baby names. But they never could agree.

Names (4,000 words)
He has held these children in his arms for five minutes, Padme's body is still warm on the medical table, and he rejects the Jedi's delusions and any denial of his attachment. (Obi-Wan raising the twins)

Negotiator (31,000 words)
Obi-Wan dies, wakes up and decides to live a whole different life.

pocket full of sand 'verse (24,000 words)
“I’m Leia Skywalker,” she says, and there is something unfathomably life-changing about that little declaration. “We’re here to rescue you!”

Reprise (95,000 words)
Ben Kenobi dies aboard the Death Star in the year 0 BBY. He wakes up shortly thereafter in the Jedi temple in the year 41 BBY. Haunted by memories and regret, Ben must forge a new path for himself in the Jedi Order of his youth while navigating the murky waters of time travel. Crafting a better future from bitter experience is hard, but learning to heal is even harder. Major AU.
[complete, but has an in-progress sequel/second part]

Return of a Jedi (76,000 words)
Darth Vader collapses on the bridge of the Executor as visions through the force overwhelm him. He realises his son has been killed and Palpatine is responsible for ordering this.
[a lot more milSF-ish than my usual fare, but if you think my other taste in recs is a bit soppy feels-y (which it is), you might rejoice to find this one! In any case, this is one heck of a ride, and I enjoyed it a lot.]

Shadows of the Future (129,000 words)
ObiWan lost the duel on Mustafar, but instead of dying, he finds himself on a ship leaving Tatooine, with his old Master and a familiar young boy. As events begin to unfold, can he stop the future he knows from occuring? TPM AU, ObiAniQui bonding.

Solo's Secret (9,000 words)
A vignette that's really more of a character study. It also attempts to address a glaring plothole in canon. Mostly just a fluffy little piece about one of my favorite characters, Han Solo.

The Suns of Tatooine (85,000 words)
You know that time when you end up having an unintended and unwanted training session with your father, but neither of you learn what you are technically supposed to? No? This is that time.
Or, otherwise; Luke gets stuck on a moon due to a mission gone awry, his father comes calling and then an ancient Sith complex activates. It's one of those days. (Post ESB)

Until Their Dying Breath (1,000 words)
Vader’s ghosts are complicated. Set between The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi.

The Uses of a Sandwich (19,000 words)
Newly-minted Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi struggles to keep his balance in the face of an unexpected challenge- meeting his Master's first apprentice.


HONORABLE MENTION:
All of the fics posted above are completed (though some have in-progress sequels); this one is not, but it's just too weird and cool and fun to leave out.

A Star to Steer By
Jack O'Neill runs into the weirdest snake he's ever met, and that's saying something. Obi-Wan just wants to get his people home.
[Stargate crossover with an AU Star Wars universe where Jedi are the same species as Goa'uld and clones are their hosts. (and the evil Goa'uld as seen on Stargate are Sith or at least hardcore darksiders.) I realize this summary sounds insane. But once you start reading it's super entertaining with Jack being a snarky fish-out-of-water, and as it goes on you're like yeah, the Jedi-symbiote thing is working really well...like I said, weird and cool and fun!]

A Supplemental Star to Steer By
A collection of short stories from the Star Wars side of the Star to Steer By universe.
[more fun in the AU Star Wars universe where Jedi are symbiotes!]
 
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