Track 1: Canonverse

Welcome to Episode One of the Mixtape Bookclub Podcast!

Episode 1: Canonverse

Do you love Supernatural? Are you a fan of Dean and Cas, and their relationship? Do you enjoy reading Destiel fanfiction? This is the podcast for you!

In this episode, we introduce ourselves and the podcast, and also discuss canonverse fics—that is, stories that take place in the same universe as the show. We review two fics: A Turn of the Earth by microcomets, and The Story of You and Me by the_diggler.

A transcript for this episode is now available.

A warning: Adult themes are discussed in this podcast.

A Turn of the Earth by microcomets (was called mishcollin at time of recording)
Published 2015, 95k words, rated M.

Dean’s your typical half-orphaned, monster-killing 22-year-old until a trenchcoated stranger crashes into his back windshield one September night, claiming he’s an angel that knows him from the future and that he’s on the run.

Frigging fantastic.

(Or, in which Castiel gets stuck in Dean’s timeline preseries and Dean kind of hates it—until he doesn’t.)

The Story of You and Me by the_diggler
Published 2013, 55k words, rated E.

Dean wakes up in bed next to a very human Castiel, and a journal in his own handwriting that tells him it’s two years in the future. The house looks a lot like Bobby’s, and Sam lives there too… He just can’t remember how they got from angels falling in the sky – to comfortable domesticity.

While there is much in the journal Dean doesn’t remember, there is much of their story he’s always known. And as he settles into the routine of his new life and relationship with Castiel, it quickly becomes something he doesn’t know how to live without.

Dean, Sam and Castiel in s06e03: The Third Man
TFW – s06e03 The Third Man

Other Canonverse stories:

  • Put Up Your Dukes by saltyfeathers (37,153, E) – hot sparring in the bunker
  • Cakeopalypse! by mittenwraith (64,154, M) – Baking reality show with a twist
  • The Tunnel of Love by xylodemon (21,421, E) – Case fic with a haunted love boat
  • You Can Keep Holding On by northernsparrow (352,388, E) – Divergent season 11, bring tissues
  • Professional Couple Only by saltyfeathers (37,153, M) – Season 10 case fic, haunted apartment
  • May I? by TrenchcoatBaby and WaywardAF67 (11,808, E) – Episode 15×09 coda, the prayer, the aftermath
  • Season Z by various authors (incl Castielslostwings, CR Noble, and others (and us!)) (220,673, E) – Canon divergence from the end of Season 14, with zombies
  • A Need for Breathing by Phyona (27,643, E) – Human Cas gets to the bunker, but has pneumonia. Hurt/Comfort
  • What I Need Most by MandalaRose (32,297, E) – Season 12 where Dean gets what he needs most (Cas)
  • Bring Up the Deep by deathbanjo (22,679, E) – established relationship case fic
  • In a Mirror Darkly by anyrei and mugglerock (196,710, E) – Dark D/S fic where Dean and Cas must rescue Sam from limbo. Brilliant, but read the tags
  • Grooming Instincts by Jemariel (26,153, E) – Delicious bunker wing kink
  • Three is the Magic Number by persephoneshadow (6686, E) – Dean and Cas have a threesome with the waitress from 12×12, Mandy. Hot af.
  • If You Get Lost, You Can Always Be Found by WinnJenster (25,417, E) – Post “I’m No Angel”, things go a little differently for human Cas
  • The Law of Equivalent Exchange by awed_frog (60,869, M) – Cas watches over and loves Dean in multiple lives, before and including the current canon timeline. Beautiful.
  • One Missed Text by anyrei and mugglerock (113,260, E) – Season 12 divergence, misunderstandings and angst with a happy ending
  • Defy Any and All Expectation by Tenoko1 (137,688, M) – Alternate season 6 where Chuck’s new books tell of a war between heaven and hell (podfic also available)
  • The Cost of a Thing by quietwandering (74,198, M) – Human Cas leaves the bunker, then a year later works a case with Dean. Angst with a happy ending
  • So Says The Sword by komodobits (85,217, E) – Season 4 and 5 canon divergence. Cas is tasked with babysitting the Michael sword
  • Crazy Diamonds by pantheon_of_discord (24,872, E) – Time travel where Dean swaps with himself in 2008 and 2018
  • Twenty Dollars by NorthernSparrow (15,337, E)
  • I Won’t Send Roses by Zatnikatel (2819, E)

Is your favourite not in this list? Please let us know, we’d love to hear from you!

Our intro music is “Angel with a Shotgun” by The Cab, arranged by Ellen 🙂

56 Replies to “Track 1: Canonverse”

  1. Kaz

    Wonderful episode ladies!! I loved both these fics too and Ellen we’re reading You Can Keep Holding On for the PB fic club this month so read and join in the discussion!!

    Excited for the Mutual Pining episode next! Definitely the best place to start with these two idjits!!

    (P.S. There is a gym in the bunker, Jack & Bobby spar in it at the start of s14)

    • Opengoal

      I came across this podcast when I was searching for another similarly named spn podcast, and I’m so glad I found your podcast. I didn’t know there’s a podcast about fanfics instead of about the show itself, and it’s just the best thing! I hadn’t dipped into fanfics or fandom for 10 years because life happened, and I miss the easily accessible fandom meta way back when, but a podcast about destiel fanfics is something I didn’t expect and I didn’t know that I need 🙂 Thank you so much for making this podcast, and the fic links! It’s great pointers for me who is just starting to wade through 10 years’ worth of fics. And I love your comments and analysis so much. Thanks again for creating this podcast!

  2. Ltleflrt

    I don’t read very much canon-verse in the SPN fandom, it’s usually only because I can’t find anything else to scratch the itch to read, so I’m excited that the fics you reviewed today are some that I’ve actually read! (And LOVED!)

    I’m very amused by ~90k being “medium” fic length. I’d always assumed anything over 50k was considered a longfic, but that may be due to my having participated in other, smaller fandoms. Destiel has a glut of 100k+ fics, and boy are we so spoiled by that lol

  3. Angela Marshall

    Fabulous premiere episode. I am so excited for you and for all Destiel fans. Congratulations! I just downloaded both stories to read (again). Thanks ladies!

  4. Jenny

    I enjoyed this. It got me thinking about my own fic tastes.
    I’m usually harsh to Sam in my own writing because I see him as a c-block in canon. I often love Sam in the show (when he’s not a dick), and I like him in a lot of fics, but I find him hard to write because I just don’t think about him the same way I do Dean and Cas.
    I hate case fics. That’s what the show is for. I prefer the fic I read to focus on the things the show cannot or will not do. You made me eager to read A Turn of the Earth.
    You reminded me that I had read The Story of You and Me a while back. That fic made me really angry at canon because Dean and Cas were not “really” together!
    I’m looking forward to more episodes!! Thank you both for creating this wonderful content.
    PS Fic ratings and ratings systems have morphed over the decades.

  5. Jule

    I still have to listen to the podcast episode but I followed you on Spotify! Looking forward to listen to it when I have some time alone 🙂

    I was surprised to realize that I know most of the fics in the list, I love them, they’re so good.

  6. imogenbynight (violetmatter)

    I know I already said this on Twitter, but this was exactly what I needed tonight <3

    Congrats on an awesome first episode! I can't wait until the next one–the fact that it's about pining is catnip to me 🌲✨🥰

  7. Bubbles

    I’m excited to learn of this site and I appreciate all your efforts. Perhaps someone here can help me locate a specific Destiel fanfic. I found it through a link to a link and have scoured AO3 and some other sites but to no avail. I don’t recall the exact name of the author, but it was something along the lines of Autumn_black_cat; can’t recall the title either. Kind of a familiar storyline wherein Dean was an undercover cop, Castiel was the person he was investigating because of Castiel’s relationship with Michael, who was a suspected criminal and has disappeared or was dead (can’t recall). Early in the undercover investigation, Dean has to comfort Cas through a pining attack. I’d really like to find it again; the writing was nice and tight and the story just grabbed me from the start.

  8. Clarice

    Great podcast ladies. I’ve gorged myself on your two reviewed fics over the past 24 hours and I enjoyed them immensely. Total gut wibbling feels! Thank you. Looking forward to hearing the next episode.

  9. MercurialKitty

    Here’s a pining fic – Suck it, Judy Garland – that’s also case fic, with a side of jealous!Dean. I also like In this Handmade Heaven, which is only Dean’s POV, so you don’t get what Cas it thinking. It’s kinda pining, but just in general Dean being super lonely and isolated, but also an AU fic. Handyman/Mechanic!Dean and Policeman!Cas. Always gives me the tingles over Dean’s longing for connection and being valued. Oh, and per your comment about a gym in the bunker, we see it in s14 when apocalypse-world!Bobby is teaching Jack how to box, since he is low on power. It’s “Stranger in a Strange Land”.

    • ellenofoz

      Hey there! Thanks for your comments, and the recs! Your commets did make it through, it’s just with the links in they got trapped until I approved them 😉
      See, there are just as many rooms in that Bunker as we need for fic, even in the show itself, haha! I’m still mid-13 in my rewatch.
      Adding these recs to the pining list for sure! Thanks for listening 🙂

  10. cozaure

    I listened to the podcast on Spotify and came here to get the links to the fics. Thank both of you for this first episode (canon fics are my favorite so it was an especially good topic for me to listen), I really liked this format, it was a very good idea!
    Plus, bonus point, because English isn’t my first language, and I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to fully understand you, but you both spoke very clearly and slowly enough for non-native speakers to understand everything, which was really appreciated by me, and by other listeners, I guess!

  11. AvidBkWrm

    Great job y’all. This was absolutely wonderful to listen to plus it was very enjoyable getting to put voices to names. I can’t wait to see where all you take this and I look forward to another great source for recommendations! Thanks for putting this all together and sharing it with the world <3

  12. Sara

    Hey i haven’t even listened to this yet but i’m super excited about. I listen to a lot of podcasts while running and i always looked for podcasts about fanfics and destiel is my otp so there’s nothing better than this ❤
    Thanks in advance for all the effort you put into this and hope to see more stuff coming!

  13. ThePlaidFox

    I think canon!verse has got to be my favorite fix verse and the reccomendation were so needed. I’d thought I nearly read through everything. You also recced some fics I’d been looking to reread but forgot the names. Thanks so much!! Love the podcast ladies!!

  14. ladybobofdoom

    Oh, no! I did not read all the tags in The Story of You and Me so not to spoil myself. I stopped in the middle because it was just too fluffy for me. Good thing you discuss it, because now I want to read the second half after all.

  15. Antje

    I just stumbled upon your website and man am I glad I did. What a gem and can’t wait to listen to all your other podcasts.

    Thanks for the suggestions, I guess my productive day just went out the window. 😅

    Love and greetings from Oz. 😉

  16. Bubbles

    There are two favorite canonverse fics of mine that I’d like to suggest; I haven’t spotted them anywhere on your site. “Twenty Dollars” by NorthernSparrow and “I Won’t Send Roses” by Zatnikatel.

  17. Rebecca Klein

    Ahhhhh this is AMAZING! Mal and Ellen have been some of my favorite authors of all time, and it is incredible to hear their voices and perspectives on fic. I can’t wait to listen to this whole series. It’s like all my favorite holidays rolled into one (Halloween and Passover if anyone was wondering, so…Hallover? Passoween?) Thank you Mal and Ellen for giving us this!

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