Title: If You Liked The Book, You’ll Hate The Movie
Fandom: X-Men: First Class (2011)
Pairing: Erik Lehnsherr/Charles Xavier, Hank McCoy/Alex Summers, Sean Cassidy/Mystique
Word Count: 57,900
Genres: AU, Angst, Drama, Hurt/Comfort, Humour, Romance
Warnings: Okay this one has some hard stuff in it; mentions rape, violence, mental health issues, therapy, excessive drinking, issues, under-age drinking and sex, issues. There are MANY triggers in this, so please be careful before reading.
Modern-Day High School AU. It’s not until Hank realises half the class are glancing towards the back of the classroom with something like nerves and something like schadenfreude that he finds out Alex Summers is back.
Why You Should Read This:
This is by turns heartbreaking and achingly funny. It’s pretty much a story of a group of people with so many issues all interacting with each other that it’s so messed up that you have to laugh or might start crying and never stop. This could be a disaster, but it isn’t. The author hasn’t made light of the issues, despite having you in stitches from various antics, and while the fic ends in a nice place it doesn’t conveniently make issues disappear or be suddenly healed to create some story book happy ending. This made me so sad in some places I couldn’t even cry, then a paragraph later would have me in tears of laughter. It’s a roller-coaster ride, and well worth it.