I Ship It: Your Personal Slashfic Recommendation Service
By Jessie Tarter
Today’s Order: Korra/Asami
On December 22nd 2012 Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, the co-creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, took to the internet and bestowed upon us the greatest Christmas present in fangirl history: after years of hope and speculation, Korrasami was made cannon.
Now this wasn’t the first time in my fangirlhood that the creator of a piece of beloved media has come forward post-credits and announced that a major character(s) has homosexual proclivities. But unlike certain other instances of ‘but wait, there’s more!’ the fandom felt as if they had known it all along, that we had all been following the bread crumbs of friendship and comradery as it slowly led to the magnificent cottage of love.
I mean, the series concludes (spoilers) with the two of them holding hands in front of a physical manifestation of universal harmony for God’s sake.
Not that the fic writers of the world ever needed cannon confirmation to get their pairings together but damn if this didn’t pour some gasoline on the flames! And from the ashes arose three of my all-time favorite Korrasami pieces of all time.
Possibly the shortest fic I’ve yet to review, but terribly sweet. Set the morning after their wedding, Asami wakes up to an unfamiliar weight around her neck. In the water tribe that Korra hails from, a carved pendent takes the place of an engagement or wedding ring, and while I’ve never tied the knot myself I’m sure it’s a little easier to get used to a band around your finger than a stone around your neck. But Asami is hardly perturbed. She stretches, has some back and forth with the otherworldly creatures at her window (you marry the avatar, you honeymoon in the Spirit World. It’s what you do.) And basks in the contentment of her new life.
Honestly this fic mostly concerns itself with Asami’s mood and the frankly adorable ways that Korra tries to get her new wife back into bed.
This is what you want to read on a lazy Sunday morning in bed. In 507 words the author absolutely nails down the sense of comfortable bliss that’s shared between these characters. There’s no rush, no tension, they’re on their honeymoon and they’re going to enjoy every last second of it. If you don’t get the warm and fuzzies after reading this one, I suggest you build a blanket fort and sort yourself out.
Venti Sized Crush
The ‘Coffee Shop AU’ is a writing trope as old as fanfiction itself. The basic conceit: You like these characters? You enjoy mundane interactions between otherwise extraordinary people? You have a excruciating crush on the delicious barista who makes your morning lattes? Mix it all together and serve it steaming hot on the counter, you’ve got yourself a fic!
True to form, this takes place in the modern world, with Korra playing the role of a snarky barista with a penitent for puns, and Asami as the gorgeous high powered business woman who never gets off her phone long enough to place an order. Names are misspelled, phone numbers exchanged, smooches are had, and there is much rejoicing!
Mundane AU’s tend to make for hits and misses in my book. On the one hand, I would happily watch an entire movie about super people doing less than super things (grocery shopping, making breakfast, getting flustered, etc.) On the other hand, when you already have an extremely compelling world developed around them, characters can seem more than a little out of place strolling down the streets of Seattle.
Luckily, ZoeReed has excellent command over setting and dialogue and never once wavers in their commitment. I believe the ultimate goal of an ‘au’ fic should be the reader ultimately forgetting the universe was ever alternative at all, for having believed the writer’s vision so thoroughly. I had that moment several times during this story. Korra and Asami belong in this world, awkwardly attempting to ask the other out without looking like the complete dorks they are.
Insert obligatory recommendation of reading this one over a cup of coffee while pining over adorable baristas here.
Stand on the Horizon
Rated: Teens and Up
Pacific Rim. Legend of Korra. Crossover. Need I say more? Honestly, I’m pretty sure this author hacked into my brain and wrote out everything I could have ever hoped for in a fic. Normally I’d be breaking out the tin foil hats but in this case I would gladly offer up the keys to my mind in exchange for more of this glorious universe.
Set in the same timeline as the film ‘Pacific Rim’, the story follows Asami, head engineer of the Jaeger program as she trains to become a pilot. Along the way she runs into Korra, still the avatar but with the bonus of also wanting to steer an enormous monster fighting robot. At first the two of them clash in typical ‘I didn’t know you were the love of my life fashion’ but it’s nothing a perfectly executed neural drift can’t cure.
I can’t decide what I love more here: the dedication to relationship building, the deep and at times almost frightening attention to detail, or how much the author clearly adores both Legend of Korra and Pacific Rim. My guess is it’s a happy combination of the three.
Much like both source materials, this fic is an emotional rollercoaster. Half the time my cheeks ached from smiling at the leading ladies’ banter. Reading the hauntingly personal stories that lead both of them to become engineers and pilots respectively was harrowing. I legitimately almost cried when Asami presented Korra with their newly remodeled Jaeger.
I’m failing to describe this as anything other than ‘ultimate squee material.’ Find it. Read it. Love it. Watch the series and the movie back to back. Repeat ad infinitum.