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01 January 2003 @ 11:59 am
Master List of Elizabeth Culmer's Fanfiction: Chronicles of Narnia  
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Master List of Elizabeth Culmer's Fanfiction: Chronicles of Narnia
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Organization: This list is organized by associated narrative cycles; within each section, stories are arranged first by timeline (if applicable) and then by date. Word counts and writing dates are approximations.

Warning Policy: Any story with explicit sex or other potentially problematic content (mostly death, torture, or various forms of psychological, familial, or societal dysfunction) will be marked as such; otherwise all stories are equivalent to PG-13 at most -- i.e., there may be some darkness, violence, or mentions of sex, but it will either be off-page or non-explicit. I do not use any content rating system unless I am posting to a site or community that requires or encourages ratings, because I think movie-style ratings are counterintuitive when applied to written fiction, and because I have never found ratings particularly useful for anything other than denoting the presence of explicit sex, which I am already warning for.

Quality Rating System: I've marked my favorite stories with asterisks, on a scale of 1 to 4. The more asterisks, the more I like the story. This doesn't necessarily mean that stories without asterisks are bad, just that I don't like them as much. Also, I am not claiming to be an arbiter of taste; you may love stories I dislike, and vice versa. I am just providing a heads-up about the ones that I think are best written and/or most interesting.

Notes: I tried not to fall into this fandom. I really, really tried. But I reread all seven books and there's so much to love! There are also several lifetimes' worth of loose ends to tie up, empty spaces to fill, backstory to create, and theological ideas to dig out, explain, and either affirm or denounce with extreme prejudice. I have a terrible feeling I may be writing here for a while.

All stories are book canon only unless specifically noted. This is because I never consider filmizations canon. They're just somebody else's vaguely AU retelling of the true story. Please also note that while I am not Christian, I do consider Lewis's theology an integral -- albeit infuriating and inconsistent -- part of his world-building, so most of these stories will have religious and/or philosophical elements to some degree. I am trying to work out my issues as I go. *grin*

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The Lost Chronicles of Narnia

This began as my attempt to make sense of Jadis and put her in context, as it were. However, most of my other Narnian stories are also part of this definite timeline, so it has grown less Jadis-centric over time. The stories are listed in chronological order, insofar as that was possible. ("Do not stand at my grave and weep," for example, takes place in the middle of "Tribute" -- rather like HHB takes place sometime during the last chapter of LWW. And it's tricky to assign relative chronology to "Babel" and the post-White Stag stories set in Narnia and Archenland, since they occur in different worlds whose timelines have sod-all to do with each other beyond obeying thermodynamics and thus running in the same general direction. Everything else is more straightforward.)

The Magician's Nephew era

Parallel: 650 words, March 2011. Jadis didn't meet her sister until they were seven years old. Until then, she had nothing but rumors and dreams. Implied dysfunctional family and society.

*The Beginning of Wisdom: (ff.net version) 425 words, May 2010. "It is foolish to become attached to anything or anyone. We are all replaceable -- even the gods. That is the foremost of Lilith's teachings." Severely dysfunctional family and society, forced suicide, emotional abuse of a child. [15-minute]

*By the Sword: (ff.net version) 900 words, June 2009. When Jadis and Cynara were twelve, they killed their older brother. An experiment in backstory and world-building. Severely dysfunctional family and society, off-screen human sacrifice, off-screen murder. [15-minute]

*No Quarter: 200 words, Jan. 2010. Jadis and Cynara: the end of the war vs. the end of the world. [15-minute]

*Prayers to Broken Stone: (ff.net version) 400 words, Sept. 2009. This is Charn, after Jadis and the children leave. This is the grave of a universe. [15-minute]

***Heart's Desire: (ff.net version) 375 words, April 2009. Jadis in the garden: separation from God is only a punishment if you believe in him. Discussion of theology. [15-minute]

Rich and Rare: 250 words, July 2010. Jadis, on magic, jewelry, and the symbolism of crowns. [15-minute]

*Little Sister: (ff.net version) 2,400 words, Oct. 2009. Charn is gone; nostalgia is useless. Jadis has new worlds to conquer, if she can only find the way. (Also featuring the Lady of the Green Kirtle.) Written for Femgenficathon 2009.

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe/The Horse and His Boy era

Of Horses: 125 words, Dec. 2011. Prompt: Rabadash, that one mare in the stable... Brutality to animals. Written for wingedflight21 in the Three Sentence Ficathon 2011.

*Liminality: (ff.net version) 1,850 words, Aug. 2009. Lucy adjusts to her new position as a queen of Narnia while coping with the lingering aftermath of the battle and the reality of death. Contains mention of cannibalism, off-screen death of an original character, and discussion of theology. [15-minute]

*Dedication: 1,050 words, Oct. 2012. Susan's journey to accepting Narnia as her new home is not easy, either within or without. Drought, famine, and flood. [nffr_party prompt!fic]

***To Every Thing There Is a Season: (AO3 version; ff.net version) 21,300 words, Nov. 2011-April 2012. Ilgamuth Tarkaan was fourteen when he first rode to war. He was likewise fourteen when he pledged his life and his name to Prince Rabadash, a decision that would shape the rest of his life. Prequel to Out of Season. Contains character death, violence, and moral dilemmas. Written for the 2012 Narnia Big Bang challenge on narniaexchange.

Commonly to the Wars: 900 words, Nov. 2011. Queen Lucy the Valiant rides to the wars, despite Father Christmas's prescription that women should avoid battles. How did that come about? Prompt: Lucy Pevensie, age 13, wanting...something? [Request!fic for annearchy; 15-minute]

**Queen Lucy, the Firebird, and the Death of Koschei the Deathless: (AO3 version; ff.net version) 2,700 words, Sept. 2012. In which Queen Lucy of Narnia and Princess Elena of Vinyedvyeri go on a quest to defeat Koschei the Deathless, rescue Elena's brothers, and incidentally get Lucy back home after she was carried off by a magical bird. Written for rthstewart in the 2012 Narnia Fic Exchange.

****Out of Season: (ff.net version; AO3 version) 27,000 words, July-Sept. 2011. In the fourteenth year of Rishti Tisroc's reign, a demon in the shape of a beaver is captured and brought to Tashbaan. Shezan Tolkheera, high priestess of the goddess Achadith, is given the responsibility of guarding the demon until its sacrifice at the Spring Festival. Complications ensue. Background presence of slavery, discussion of and planning for something equivalent to human sacrifice. Written for lady_songsmith in Narnia Fic Exchange 2011.

Out of Season, cut scene: 1,100 words, Dec. 2012. The dream Shezan doesn't remember from the night before the Spring Festival, featuring visitations from two gods, a request, an order, and a polite argument over the nature of free will.

Tribute: 125 words, Dec. 2011. Prompt: Susan & Lucy Pevensie, jewelry. Written for katakokk in the Three Sentence Ficathon 2011.

Do not stand at my grave and weep: (ff.net version; AO3 version) 600 words, Sept. 2011. Shezan Tolkheera and Ilgamuth Tarkaan during HHB -- brief thoughts on love, politics, poetry, and grief. [Request!fic for rthstewart]

Any Sentry from His Post: (ff.net version) 2,700 words, Sept. 2011. A week after the battle of Anvard, Shasta despairs of fitting in to his new life, until a chance meeting with King Edmund of Narnia opens his eyes to new perspectives. [15-minute]

Grass and Silence: 375 words, Dec. 2011. In which Lucy and Susan go on a quest without their brothers, Lucy makes a choice, and Aslan takes Susan into his confidence. Fragment. [Prompt!fic for animus_wyrmis]

Of Mourning: 200 words, Dec. 2011. Prompt: Lord Peridan and/or Tumnus, the decision to lock up the treasury once and for all. Written for snitchnipped in the Three Sentence Ficathon 2011.

**The Courting Dance: (ff.net version) WIP, 12,500 words so far, started Feb. 2010. Aravis and Cor. Marriage is a bit more complicated than quarrelling and making it up again, especially for the crown prince of Archenland and an exiled Calormene Tarkheena. [contains one 15-minute fic]

Happily Married: 100 words, Dec. 2011. Prompt: Cor/Aravis, so kiss me first/ then do your worst to me. Written for vialethe in the Three Sentence Ficathon 2011.

Occam's Razor, Misapplied: 450 words, July 2012. A brief excerpt from a volume of Calormene history. [15-minute]

*Babel: (ff.net version) 650 words, March 2009, revised Feb. 2010. Susan and Edmund talk about linguistics, post-LWW. Meta thinly cloaked by dialogue. (Canon-compliant now!) [15-minute]

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Prince Caspian era

None Sing Hymns to Breath: (ff.net version) 800 words, March 2009. After Miraz's death and the Telmarines' surrender, Lucy finds herself at loose ends for a day. Introspective. [15-minute]

*Out of Sight, Out of Mind: (ff.net version) 1,025 words, Jan. 2010. They forgot England for fifteen years. Peter wants to know why. Implicit discussion of theology and the ethics of power. [15-minute] (If you are curious about what I was trying to do in this story, here is a post about thematic and theological issues, and the difficulty of expressing subtle authorial disagreement with the opinions of a POV character.)

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Non-time-specific world-building

**Iconography: (ff.net version) 500 words, Aug. 2012. A meditation on the theme of apples. Contains incidental theology. [15-minute]

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The 'Problem' of Susan

Unlike the Lost Chronicles, these stories do not share continuity. (Even the sequel is less a strict sequel and more a related thought experiment.) This is because what fascinates me most about Susan is her separation from her family in The Last Battle, and I do not have anything remotely like a defined headcanon about the reason for that separation and loss of faith, nor about what becomes of her afterwards. Besides, keeping my options open is useful for testing meta theories. *grin*

Endurance: (ff.net.version) 675 words, April 2009. "The thing is," Susan tells Edmund once, "you have to live in the world you're given." (The obligatory 'problem of Susan' fic everyone in this fandom seems to write sooner or later. *sigh*) Implicit discussion of theology. [15-minute]

("Endurance" was remixed by furies in RemixRedux 9, as Once a Queen (The Reality Bites Remix): Susan, and Narnia. What a tangled web we weave.)

Remembrance: (ff.net version) 875 words, March 2010. One potential continuation of Endurance, written nominally in the form of a human interest news article on the inclusion of Dr. Susan Pevensie in the Church of England's calendar of Common Worship. (Yes, really. No, I have no idea what I was thinking either.) [Request!fic for uminohikari]

*Form and Function: (ff.net version) 600 words, Sept. 2009. Aslan is a lion, utterly and undeniably. Susan finds this hard to reconcile with an equally undeniable correspondence that Lucy points out. Discussion of theology. [15-minute]

As Love from Lies, or Truth from Art: 600 words, Oct. 2009. One way Susan's life might go. Prompt: Narnia, Susan after the last book? I was thinking something later in her life, with her trying to continue living an ordinary life. Regarding Aslan, I tend to think that she would probably continue rejecting Narnia and yet I also kind of hope that at the end of her life she will be able to see her family again. However, I'm sort of curious how her day to day life is, which is not complete connected to Narnia, if that makes sense? [Request!fic for silverblade219]

To All Good Will: (ff.net version) 600 words, Jan. 2011. Five letters exchanged between Susan and Edmund Pevensie in the week leading up to Christmas 1948. [15-minute]

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As the Morning and the Night - genderswap AU

This is a thought experiment wherein the four Pevensies were born with the opposite sex and gender from canon. In other words, instead of Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, they are Mary, Stephen, Edith, and Laurence (called Laurie). I am trying to see what effect that would have on Lewis's characterization and plot, since he relies so heavily on gender assumptions as a shorthand in LWW. So far, all I have are a few character study snippets, but someday I may give in and write the full alternate version of the Pevensies' first time in Narnia, from LWW through HHB. (If I get to VDT, I might flip Eustace into Eunice, but so far, only the Pevensies are altered.)

Fester Like a Sore: 575 words, Sept. 2010. When Edith is very young, she wants to be exactly like Mary. This doesn't last. [15-minute]

Summer of '39: 1,250 words, Sept. 2010. The year before the Pevensies go to Narnia, their family is falling apart. Stephen makes the best of it, as much as he can.

Anchor Points: 550 words, Oct. 2010. Laurie's world always makes sense, even if his siblings don't see what he does. [15-minute]

How Does Your Garden Grow?: 2,225 words, May 2011. Mary Pevensie and her family: a character study in three parts. (Beware of excessive angst and melodrama.)

*The Spell Begins To Break: 1,050 words, May 2011. Laurie, Stephen, and Mary receive their gifts from Father Christmas.

*Maxims and Verses: 800 words, Sept. 2010. Edith and Rabadash in Tashbaan, thinking of history and poetry, desire and war. [15-minute]

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Disney Movie Canon & Random AUs

Fairly self-explanatory.

*Babel: 600 words, March 2009. Susan and Edmund talk about linguistics, post-LWW. Meta thinly cloaked by dialogue. (Disney movie canon, because I failed to do my research thoroughly enough. *makes face* Please read the revised book canon version instead.) [15-minute]

Birds in the Hand: 250 words, Dec. 2011. Prompt: Edmund Pevensie, pickpocket!AU, jack of all trades. Crime, child abuse, prostitution. Written for caramelsilver in the Three Sentence Ficathon 2011.

*Wrong Turn at Albuquerque: 275 words, Dec. 2011. Prompt: Pevensies & Tirian, "I don't think this is where we're supposed to be." Written for snacky in the Three Sentence Ficathon 2011.

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Meta

Not actually fic, but kind of interesting in its own right, and also useful if you want to understand my approach to canon. *grin*

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Disney vs. BBC: Wherein I analyze the two most popular filmizations of the story and compare them to each other and the book.

Thoughts on Prince Caspian: Wherein Disney attempts to hit every sympathetic embarrassment squick button I have, as well as invent plot out of whole cloth. At least the political maneuvering is cool and the battle staging makes more sense than in their version of LWW. *wry*

A Theory about Narnian Linguistics: Wherein I argue that A) the Narnian world has a universal language that does not experience linguistic drift, and B) that language is English. Trust me on this.

Thoughts on Calormen, Part One and Part Two: Wherein I do a lot of world-building and attempt to mitigate some of Lewis's racism, ethnocentrism, and religious insensitivity along the way.

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