I am an avid fanfic reader, but mostly read slash. I've had the good fortune to read a few Severus/Hermione stories and really enjoyed them, but it was a long time ago.
I wonder if someone could point me to either a 'recs list' for this pairing - I'm sure other people have asked for a list of links to the popular/famous stories of this pairing in the past - or if you would mind just sharing with me your favorite stories/authors of this pairing.
Some things that really turn me off of any fanfic, regardless of pairing:
~ OOC Severus. I hate when he allows himself to be called by pet-names, even 'Sev' without significant reason/build up. Anything where he is too 'mushy'
~ Uber-powerful Severus or Hermione
~ Character death/heavy angst involving the main pairing. I like some angst, love UST, and other character deaths and such can really build a plot/bring the main characters together. I don't mind those things, but don't like downright *sad/miserable* stuff
~ Poor/weak writing of any kind. Bad grammar, poor punctuation/formatting, etc
~ Cross overs into other fandoms/weird magic, etc
~ Too much "Weasley-bashing"
~ Accidental pregnancy - this one is a huge squick for me. I just can't believe an uber-paranoid Potions Master would ever 'fail' at birth control. Deliberate pregnancy, yes, accidental just doesn't sit well for me.
Some things I very much prefer:
~ Longer/well written stories
~ NC-17/smutty content if well written/believably done
~ Animosity at first/realistic relationship development from dislike to love
~ Any time frame is fine, but I would prefer post-DH/EWE
~ Hurt/comfort, forced bonding, 'Marriage law' stuff
~ Eventual happy or at least hopeful ending
Can you help me? :D