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Fandom Guide to Merlin on Livejournal.Merlin is a British television show produced for the BBC in 2008. It draws inspiration on Arthurian legends, with a number of quirks and differences - such as Merlin and Arthur being the same age, and Arthur being raised as a Prince of Camelot. Other fan favourites such as Smallville and Doctor Who have been referenced as inspiration for the style of the show, and ultimately Merlin is fresh, fun, highly enjoyable, and slightly silly.The fandom is still small and young, although it already has quite an enthusiastic fandom following and we hope it will continue to grow with the second series, which begins filming during 2009. Currently, Merlin/Arthur is a highly popular and arguably the dominant pairing in livejournal fandom (and greatly helped along by the presence in canon of the Great Dragon with all it's slash friendly dialogue, and is fondly referred to as the Slash Dragon by fen), and a wide variety of excellent AU stories are becoming one of the hallmarks of the beginning of this fandom.Starting Pointsbbc_merlin_news - Merlin fandom newsletter.merlin_bulletin - For announcing fanworks, communities, news, or websites.merlin_finders - A community for finding particular Merlin posts, such as a fic, vid, or fanart post.merlin_ljguide - A community that serves a similar purpose to this newbieguide for Merlin fandom, but is more immediately up to date on new communities and is easier to subscribe to.The ShowGeneral Discussionmerlin_tv and merlinbbc - General communities for the show.attheroundtable - For fannish and fic centric discussion.merlin_meta - For in depth discussion and meta around any aspect of the canon show.Country/Language-specific communitiesmerlin_us and merlinfanz_usa - American general communities.merlinaustralia - Australian general community.merlin_de - German general community.merlin_italia - Italian general community.merlinarthur_it - Italian slash-focused community.lamarcadenimueh - Spanish general community.Actorsface_of_bradley - Bradley James/Arthurcolinmorganfans, colin_morgan and holy_colin - Colin Morgan/Merlinkatie_mcgrath and katiem_fans - Katie McGrath/Morganasantiago_fans - Santiago Cabrera/LancelotCharactersthefuturequeen - Gwen.morganafay - Morgana.lady_nimueh - Nimueh.FanfictionGeneral Communitiesmerlinfic - General community open to any combination of gen, het, and slash fanfiction.camelot_haven - Het only community (Warning: has been reported to be a very stringent, anti-slash community, with wank potential.)merlinslash - Slash focused community.camelot_tree - A rare pairing community.merlin_drabbles - For drabbles and ficlets up to 400 words.merlinthreesome - Multi-OT3 threesome community.Recommendations and Resourcescamelot_recs - General Merlin recommendations.merlinrecs_au - Merlin AU recommendations.merlin_thematic - Merlin Thematic is a community to rec and locate creative works (fic, arts, vids, and fanmixes) by theme.merlin_betas and scrying_bowl - Merlin betas and other resources.merlin_bunnies - Find and give away Merlin fic ideas.merlin_finders - Merlin search community.Shipscamelot_love and arthurxgwen - Arthur/Gwen.merlinxarthur - Merlin/Arthur.herchampion - Arthur/Morgana.utherxgaius - Uther/Gaius.merlingwen - Gwen/Merlin.gwenmorganabbc - Gwen/Morgana.infide_manentia - Merlin/Morgana.merlin_nimueh - Merlin/Nimueh.kingandward - Morgana/Uther.utherxtheboys - Uther/Arthur and Uther/Merlin.merlin_ot4 - Arthur/Gwen/Morgana/MerlinAdult Communitiescamelot_kink - A general Merlin adult/kink community.arthur_submits - A bottom!Arthur community.arthurs_chamber - An adult Arthur-centric fic community.kinkme_merlin - Anonymous Merlin kink meme.Prompts, Challenges, Exchanges and Ficathonsboxofmagic - A Merlin Big Bang challenge.harlequinmerlin - Harlequin challenge community.reel_merlin - Film-based challenge community.merlinadvent, merlin_santa, and merlin_the_elf - Christmas/Holiday focused exchanges and challenges.merlin_las - Merlin last author standing fic challenge.merlinarthurfqf - A Merlin/Arthur fest.thefuturefest - A Merlin fest focused on post-season one fanworks.summerpornathon - Team-based ten week challenge.merlinkisses - Multi-media fanwork challenge aiming for a collectively made 1000 works featuring kisses between Merlin characters, with fortnightly prompts.merlin_ficathonShort(er) Prompts, Challenges, Exchanges and Ficathonsroundmerlin - A collaboratively written fic challenge.merlinfest - Weekly comment-fic fest challenges.merlin_flashfic - Flashfiction community with fortnightly prompts.merlin100 - Drabble community with weekly prompts.merlin_tweetfic - Flashfiction community for stories in 140 characters.RPFmerlinrpf - General Merlin cast RPF community.bradleysangel - Bradley James/Angel Coulby ship community.bradleycolin - Bradley James/Colin Morgan ship community.Graphics and MultimediaGraphicsmerlin_icons and merlinicons - General icon communities.merlin_stills - Weekly icon challengesmerlinlims and camelotlims - Last icon maker standing challenges.merlin_awards - Awards for icon makers.merlinelite and good_merlin - Elite/invitation only icon communities.bradleyicons and bradleystills - Bradley icon communities.colin_stills - Colin Morgan icontest community.katiem_stills - Katie McGrath icontest community.marthur_stills - Merlin/Arthur icontest community.Other Misc.drawmelot - Merlin drawings, allows all mediums as long as drawing is involved.merlin_vids - Merlin fanvideo community.merlin_fanmix - Merlin fanmix community.craftalot - Merlin craft community, including knitting, cooking, costuming, etc.merlinpodfic - For recording and downloading audio recordings of Merlin fic.OtherMerlin AU starting pointsIf you're looking for good Merlin AUs, here are a few particularly excellent Merlin/Arthur fics to give you a taste of the quality and variety of AU stories Merlin fandom currently has to offer:
MERLIN and A Random Collection of Firsts by moonythestrals make up what is fondly referred to as the fratboy!Arthur AU.Drastically Redefining Protocol by rageprufrock is a modern AU, where Arthur is the Prince of Wales instead of the Prince of Camelot, and Merlin is a warlock in medical training rather than a warlock manservant.A Step To The Left by trelkez is a genderbending AU, where Merlin is and has always been a girl. Warning: this is still a WIP, with one chapter left to go.Camelot's Sweethearts by definewisdom is a modern AU where Merlin is movie-star!Arthur's long suffering personal assistant.
Very useful, thank you! I watched Merlin a while back, and though I was interested in getting into the fandom, I didn't quite know where to begin. XD
It's grown amazingly quickly, so I'm not surprised you weren't sure where to start. I'm glad you found the guide useful for that! :D
It was great! I know which communities to visit depending on what mood I'm in XD
Very cool and organized. Should armer_gayms be here?Thanks for you hard work. :]
Er. Well. I was very bored and didn't want to clean my car. I don't know if you've already looked at these and ruled them out...merlin_stillsmerlin_findersboxofawesome bj_mancrushesmerlin_trufaxmerlin_epscamelotcornercamelot_oocdrawnfromtheseamerlinscupboardgydchallengemerlin_bigbang This might be abandoned.camelot_awardsAnd I'm not sure if this counts-pdragon_records
ty so much! I shall check these out!
This is great, although there is another graphic for A/G called ag_stillsAlso I run the Arthur/Gwen Fanfiction community called ag_fics which you might like to add as well.You could also add the third Arthur/Gwen community which is called onceandfuturesEdited at 2011-02-04 05:48 am (UTC)
wow I did not know this community existed, but this is awesomecakes!Sooo very helpful, I wish I had found it sooner for other fandoms I had to search ardorous hours for this information, thanks so much!
This is a really helpful post, thank you!