February 6th, 2020

Anya final stand, S7

fic recs: Oasis RPF and Gallaghercest

Squeaking in just under the wire! This week I bring you my Liam Gallagher/Noel Gallagher fic intro post. Liam/Noel, in a nutshell, is a ship of two working-class brothers from Manchester, England who became rock stars in the 90s while also being tabloid-famous for their wildly dysfunctional and codependent relationship (and also for of all the drugs, brawls, and resulting property damage). These days they have separate solo careers and haven't spoken to each other in ten years but won't ever shut up talking ABOUT each other in every venue they can find, which is to say there is still PLENTY of shipping fodder available.

None of these fics are exactly what I'd call a gateway fic, the kind of thing I'd normally rec to try to get people into a new ship – ie, meaty, longish getting-together fic. Oasis fandom as it currently exists on AO3 (and the one locked archive I've checked out) is just not that big, and the fandom is mostly into porny established-relationship vignettes. But that means we do still have some porn and some feelings here!

This is a selection of the fics I've read with the most feelings and/or with some kind of high-concept premise. Be aware that these guys come with a lot of casual misogyny, drugs, violence, and generally unhealthy relationship dynamics, and the fic tends to also include things like infidelity and unnegotiated kink. Hit me up if you have questions about specific content.

give me things that don't get lost by [archiveofourown.org profile] likewinning
Liam & Noel gen, 5k. After finally getting his driver's license, Noel shows up at Liam's door, telling him to hop in. This is an almost painfully optimistic reunion fic written back in 2012, in which Noel and Liam take a day trip, look at fish, and maybe start to patch things back together a little bit. I really like the push-and-pull of the dialogue in this, as neither is willing to say what they actually mean, and I'm especially intrigued by the bit of characterization about Liam getting frustrated with his inability to say what he means.

Whatever I Choose by [archiveofourown.org profile] Jeevey
Liam/Noel, 2k. Early in the Oasis days, Liam asks Noel to hit him to help him come down. The premise of this seems fundamentally dodgy, but the characterization is so rich and interesting that I don't care, as it connects this thing Noel does because Liam asks (and not for the first time) with Noel's memories of his abusive father. It rolls violence and tenderness and past trauma all up into a prickly unsafe kinky ball. Just a very rewarding read, with great character voices.

The Radio Star by [archiveofourown.org profile] cerberusia
Liam/Noel, 2k. Twenty-five years later, footage of Noel and Liam surfaces. This is not very long, and not very much happens in it, but it hits SO MANY of my buttons, including some I didn't know I had: this sort of self-voyeurism aspect as Noel watches a scene he only sort of remembers; the tender intimacy of the footage; the threat of imminent discovery way after the fact. The Noel voice in it is fantastic, which I can vouch for as someone who has watched MANY Noel interviews. This fic's only flaw is that I need another AT LEAST another 20k of it with all the present-day fallout.

Master/Slave AU by [archiveofourown.org profile] cerberusia
Liam/Noel, ficlet. Noel had been completely honest with Liam. This was part of the deal: I own you, seven days a week. IRL, the story goes that Noel agreed to join Oasis if the band agreed to put him in charge; in this AU, he had an additional stipulation. This feels like such a natural extension of their dynamic, and the way it plays out during the sex is Very Good. This is one of a collection of Kinktober ficlets, if you'd like more where this came from.

we'll never be those kids again by [archiveofourown.org profile] liamnoel
Liam/Noel, 15k. Present-day Noel turns up at Liam's house in the dead of night to offer him a deal he can't refuse. This fic is a WILD RIDE of kinky porn chockful of bitter history and ever-shifting power dynamics by the fandom's premiere writer of kinky porn. I especially love the sense of passage of time in this, because Liam and Noel haven't seen each other for a long time, and now they find each other not precisely the people they were before.

nearly caught by [archiveofourown.org profile] liamnoel
Liam/Noel, 4k. A series of semi-public hookups over the years. If you want something maybe a little bit more accessible than the above, but also in shifting second-person POV, this is the fic for you.

The Swing of the Planets in Orbit by me
Liam/Noel, 5k. If you so happen to want 90s-era first-time a/b/o incest, behold, I wrote a fic!

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