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20 July 2013 @ 08:40 pm
Index by Rec Reason, Part 2  

House "What-If" Rec List - Index by Rec Reason

This is Part 2 of our Index by Rec Reason. It covers the second half our twelve Rec Reasons. View Part 1.

Part 2

On the House "What-If" Rec List we share some of our favorite House, M.D. fics, 'verses, and authors that form a genre we call "What-If." Here are all our recs, indexed by rec reason.


  • What-If: This rec list is focused on a genre we call "What-If." In our review of the literature, several categories presented themselves. Stories range from wildly fantastical to essentially realistic, but all depart significantly from canon reality.

  • Recs: We've chosen our top few rec reasons for each work, and listed them alphabetically. Of course, these stories have additional facets that led us to share them with you.

  • Data: Use the sidebar at right to view our recs by by title, by category, by rec reason, by word count, by date, or in the author directory. The main rec list (by title) has the most detailed information per entry, but we deliberately left out pairings. Don't judge a fic by its pairing; jump in and savor the storytelling.

  • Links: Why so many links per fic? Stuff disappears, and we like to be prepared. Plus, it gives you the opportunity to read and leave feedback where you feel most comfortable, no matter how long ago fics were written. We also encourage you to contact authors directly via their journals to let them know you read their work.

  • Lost and Found: If you encounter any broken links or have trouble locating fics, please contact us by PM. Thanks.


Delicious words and phrases. Part of what we love about particularly beautiful language are those phrases we would not have constructed—they do something unexpected, surprising, and make us think about whatever is being described differently than we otherwise would. There's also the phonemically-pleasing "poetry factor"—when language is just so gorgeous that we want to feel it in our mouths, run it through our ears, and seriously contemplate hanging it on our walls. Encountering new vocabulary within a story inspires us to look up its family history and file it in our mental treasure trove of words and etymologies.

  • Eucatastrophe [AO3] by euclase

  • (if chase dreamed of fairytales) [no longer posted online] by ayalesca

  • Watermark [no longer posted online] by euclase

Portrayal of Disability

Avoids pitfalls and stereotypes, fanon clichés, histrionics, one-dimensionality, etc. Includes chronic pain and various other impairments/disabilities.


Original, innovative concept. Either its premise hasn't been done before, or this version is executed particularly well.


Writer has clearly done her homework. Cultural and time period details, medicine, etc. Some authors provide supplemental materials, such as footnotes, links, or collections of time-period visuals.


Form augments function. Well-planned story arcs, tightly-woven components, and/or innovative patterns and sequencing enhance the storytelling.


Intricacy, believability, vividness. When you stop reading, there's a sense of coming up for air and having to reset your reality-o-meter, because—wait, what? That's not how the [real] world is.

Back to Part 1 of our House What-If Recs by Rec Reason.